Karachi (Agenzia Fides) – “Although they are few, the Oblate missionaries of Mary Immaculate (OMI) have courageously accepted the challenge of working to create a new ecclesiastical unit in Baluchistan, a vast, harsh and inhospitable desert area. Their contribution to the Church in Pakistan is not only in the pastoral field, but also in evangelization and the formation of priests”. With these words, Cardinal Joseph Coutts paid homage to the good works of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Pakistan on the occasion of their Golden Jubilee, 50 years of service in the land of the pure. During a celebration held in Lahore a few days ago, the Cardinal said: “The OMI gave professors for the major Seminaries and when we were forming the National Catholic Institute of Theology in Karachi, Fr Clement Waidyasekera OMI played a decisive role in its foundation. They are missionaries who open paths of the Gospel in the desert without fear, working in difficult areas of the country where no one wants to go”.