ASIA NEWS REPORT:
by Shafique Khokhar
Faisalabad, Catholics organised a tribute to mothers with the participation of
priests, young people, mothers and children. For a Catholic activist, mothers
are called to play an important role in eliminating gender biases. For Fr Bonnie
Mendes, Our Lady is an "example" for all mothers. Mothers should also give
peace-oriented gifts, not war toys, Pakistani priest says.
Faisalabad (AsiaNews) - A "mother is like a candle who burns herself giving
light to her children," a view shared by the people who took part in a seminar
titled 'A Tribute to Mother' held last Sunday at the Centre for Peace and
Harmony in Faisalabad. It was organised by the Arooj-e-Mariam Catholic Church
(AMCC) to honour all mothers, who are the foremost symbol of life, sacrifice and
Dozens of people attended the meeting, scheduled to coincide with
International Mother's Day. They included priests, youth, teachers and members
of civil society groups. In plays, speeches, poetry, songs and quotations, they
all stressed the role mothers and women play in society. Children offered gifts,
like cakes, flowers and picture frames to their mothers.
"God filled women's hearts with love and concern for their children"
irrespective of the way they look, their age, whether they are obedient or not,
healthy or disabled, said Aqsa Kanwal, AMCC's women rights project coordinator.
A mother's love is unconditional.
Mothers are called to be without any gender bias, showing as much care for
their boys as for their girls, by providing them with an education and respect
so that "they can play a positive role in improving society."
For Fr Bonnie Mendes, "The celebration of Mother's Day is a necessity in
Pakistan" because a mother's teachings "are the bases for all knowledge."
Our Lady, he added, "is an example for all mothers" because she stood by her
son's side until his death. Hence, "We must stand by all mothers so that they
can raise their children who may in the future contribute to the nation's
"Mothers can play a positive role in promoting peace by giving toys that
instil the value of peace rather than war and violence, like toy guns, rifles,
swords, etc," said Fr Nisar Barkat, who is the priest of the parish where the
AMCC is located.
They can do the same through the language they use within the home, he