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Easter gift for Pakistani Christian: his new Utah home

Without fear of retribution, Saman Lall now rejoices in the freedom to worship.

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When Apphia Dooley obtained U.S. citizenship in 1983, she applied for her parents to come. They arrived in 1984, followed by a brother in 1986, another in 1990, a sister in 1993, and yet another brother in 2001. Slowly, aunts, uncles and cousins fled their country for the safety and security of America.

Lall, who came in October, will be joined in a few months by his wife and, eventually, by his eldest son — also a teacher — and possibly some grandchildren.

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During this Holy Week, the family’s shared Catholic faith helps them connect across the continents. Each ritual reminds believers of Christ’s humility, suffering, death and, ultimately, so they believe, rising from the grave.

Practicing his lifelong faith in his adopted country feels good, Lall says. "Everyone here is so loving. We all believe in the same God."

It is, for him, a real sense of newness and peace.

pstack@sltrib.com Twitter: @religiongal

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