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Archie D’Souza

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Archie D’Souza
Born1942
March 2006March 2006
Cause of deathheart failure
Resting placeKarachi
🏡 ResidenceKarachi
🏳️ NationalityPakistani
🏫 EducationB.A. ( Islamic studies),

M.A. (Islamic Theology)

Ph. D. (Islamic Theology)
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh Gregorian University, Rome
💼 Occupation
Catholic priest
📆 Years active  1968 - 2006
👔 EmployerCatholic Archdiocese of Karachi
fluency in Arabic, French and Italian, and Spanish
Notable workRabita Centre for Christian-Muslim dialogue in Karachi
Board member ofThe Christian Voice

Archie D’Souza (1942–2006)[1] is a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi in Pakistan.

He was 18 years old when he decided that he wanted to become a priest. He received his religious training at the Christ the King Seminary (Pakistan) and was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1968.

He pursued a B.A. in Islamic studies at Jamia Millia, Karachi, obtaining his degree in 1969 and went on to do an M.A. in Islamic Theology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and later a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome, in 1976.

In Rome he also studied Arabic, French and Italian, and he was able to read the Qur'an in Arabic. He also was fluent in Spanish.[2]

Fr. Archie also ran the Rabita Centre for Christian-Muslim dialogue in Karachi. He was also a lecturer in Christian philosophy at the Aga Khan Academy, Karachi from 1976 to 1980, Professor of Islamic studies at the Propaganda Fides College, Rome and the Dean of studies at Christ the King Seminary, Karachi, from 1982 to 1992. From 1996 to 2002, he was on the editorial board for the weekly Christian Voice.[1] During 2000-2001 he also served briefly as parish priest of St. Patrick's Cathedral parish.[3]

D’Souza worked tirelessly to promote dialogue between Christians and Muslims in Pakistan. This focus began when a change in the Vatican's policy in the early 1960s, the Church decided to open its doors to people of other faiths for dialogue, interaction and understanding.[4][5]

The funeral of Fr. Archie D’Souza, parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Karachi, who expired of heart failure, was held on 1 April 2006. He was buried at the Christian Cemetery Gora Qabaristan on Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi.[6]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Daily Times 1 April 2006".
  2. "UCANews.com April 17, 2006".[permanent dead link]
  3. Dawn 18 August 2015
  4. "Pakistan Multireligious Gathering In Pakistan Seeks To Counter Prejudice".[permanent dead link]
  5. "Majorities & Minorities in Pakistan".
  6. "Pakistan Press International 31 March 2006". PPI - Pakistan Press International. 2006-03-31.


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