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Italian Friar Who Dedicated Life To Pakistan’s Poor Passes Away

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Padre Aldino Amato, an Italian-born Dominican friar who served as the last foreign missionary with the Faisalabad Diocese, has died on the 1st of May. Padre Amato was a long serving and much loved educationist and developmnt pioneer.

The friar had been on ventilator for more than a week after having contracted Covid-19. He was buried in a grave that he had prepared for himself in the compound of Our Lady of Mercy parish house in Chak 6, Okara.

Ordained into the Dominican order in 1957, Padre Amato came to Pakistan as a missionary five years after that. He decided to stay on and serve the poor in Pakistan rather than leave.

Padre Aamto’s lifetime of efforts in Pakistan included the construction of six churches, three schools with hostels, two training centres for blind people, two housing colonies and a college for women.

Faisalabad’s Bishop Idrias Rehmat said of him:
“He happily spent money in remote areas and turned them into settlements. The Pakistani Church will always remember him. He was a humble sufi who silently distributed education and mercy. While our community has a trend of settling abroad, the legendary missionary adopted our values and the poor.”

Dominican prior Father Younas Shahzad noted:
“He was a supporter of the poor irrespective of their faith. He used to gather children from their homes to attend school and inquire after those who took leave. People used to consult him in crisis, while several families got free monthly rations from shops. By planting tube wells, he turned forests into colonies.”

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  1. Ashiq khan May 5, 2021

    This is a sad news. Death of the Italian Friar and people like him is always a national loss. Such are the people who come to a poor country like Pakistan with any title or mission but they always carry a divine mission of humanity and brotherhood among the creation of God. Such are the sacred souls who stays in Rest and Peace.

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  2. Ashiq khan May 5, 2021

    Just a brief correction in the text of the news paper: He turned colonies into forests and not what has been published apparently by mistake.

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