Belgian heritage award honour for Pakistan: minister


Provincial Minister for Minority Affairs and Human Rights Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said that Belgian Heritage Award by Belgium for Sacred Heart Cathedral Lawrence Road is a great honour for Pakistan.
He was addressing the function of Belgian Heritage Award at Sacred Heart Cathedral Lawrence Road here on Saturday. Ambassador of Belgium Frederic Verheydan, his wife, American Consul General Zachary Harken Rider, Belgian Consul General Karel Van Hecke, Honoray Consul General, Archbishop of Lahore Sebastian Shaw and people attended the function in large numbers.
Special prayers function was arranged at Cathedral Church in connection with award ceremony in which Arch Bishop of Lahore especially prayed for the promotion of religious harmony, tolerance, peace and stability and security of the country. The Belgian ambassador and the American consul general also addressed the function and congratulated Sacred Heart Cathedral on achieving Heritage Award.
Sandhu said that on behalf of the Punjab chief minister, he congratulates Christian community and the entire nation for achieving heritage award. He disclosed that Belgian Embassy in Brussels had received applications all over the world for heritage award, out of which three were selected and Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of them. He said the Sacred Heart Cathedral has a unique architecture which had been completed with the help of Belgium in 1907.
He said that the object of award is not only to appreciate ancient historical heritage but also to protect it in future. He further said that 100 birthday of Sacred Heart Cathedral was arranged in 2007 and the government of Pakistan had also launched special postal stamp of church photograph. Later, female students of the school presented guard of honour and colorful programmes.