Caritas Pakistan celebrated the grand opening of a hall dedicated to Cardinal Joseph Coutts who served the organization for 19 years.

“This hall will keep our morale high and flame our passion to serve the humanity. We thank the Cardinal who remained our Chairman from 1998 to 2017. His hard work raised our standards as a modern humanitarian organization,” said Mr. Amjad Gulzar (Executive Director Caritas Pakistan) addressing December 13 gathering.

Cardinal Coutts joined Bishop Benny Travas Chairman Caritas Pakistan and Deputy Chairman Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw in cutting the ribbon amid huge applause by Caritas team. A documentary on his works at the Catholic charity was later premiered in a seminar. The prelate also joined the staff for the morning mass at Renewal Center in Youahanabad, Lahore.

Caritas executive secretaries from seven diocesan units paid homage to the former Chairman and presented him with cultural gifts.

“Our humble leader was always approachable. He made fun of difficult situations and gave us a vision. Caritas family prays for his big responsibility and offers our complete support. We thank him for the guidance and dedication to cause,” said Bishop Benny, the former Vicar-General of Karachi Archdiocese.

Cardinal Coutts advised Caritas Pakistan officials to increase coordination with government departments.

“Remain steadfast in every problem, a strong character is crucial for organizational development. Caritas is at good standing and I am seeing the spirit. Serve the Church and give witness of your faith in society,” he said.