First Catholic school in Valley after 1947 coming up

October 4th, 2011 - 9:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Oct 4 (IANS) Ambassador of the Vatican to India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Tuesday laid the foundation stone of the first Catholic mission school to come up in the Kashmir Valley since Independence.

On a visit to the state, Archbishop Pennacchio inaugurated the project for New Burnhall School at Mujgund village on the Srinagar-Leh highway on the outskirts of Srinagar. The Bishop of the Jammu and Kashmir Diocese, Father Peter Celestine, was also present on the occasion.

All the three existing Christian missionary schools functioning in Srinagar were established here before 1947. The contribution of these schools has been historic and the old generation of Kashmiris owe their schooling to these institutions.

Despite the violence in the Valley during the last 22 years, the functioning of these missionary schools has remained unaffected.

The archbishop also inaugurated a community centre and a guest house at the Catholic Church on Maulana Azad Road here. He also prayed at the church.

“The archbishop prayed for peace and service to the people of Kashmir,” church officials said.

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