Pakistan: December 10 ‘Black Day for Human Rights’
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Pakistan: December 10 ‘Black Day for Human Rights’

Islamabad (Agenzia Fides) – The International Day of Human Rights, which is celebrated in the world on December 10, will be “Black Day for Human Rights” across Pakistan to protest against the increasing number of violence and violations of the inalienable rights of Christians and other religious minorities as well as vulnerable and defenseless people…

Pakistan: Shahbaz Bhatti – A Man with a dream
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Pakistan: Shahbaz Bhatti – A Man with a dream

The only Christian in Pakistan’s cabinet Shahbaz Bhatti predicted his own death. In a farewell statement recorded for broadcast in the event of his death, he spoke of threats from the Taliban and al-Qaida. On March 2, 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minorities’ minister, was shot dead. Clement Shahbaz Bhatti was a Pakistani politician and elected…

Sindh, Pakistan: Celebrating Feast of Light
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Sindh, Pakistan: Celebrating Feast of Light

Sr Anita Mansingh is a PBVM sister from the Cutchi Kohli tribe , Tando Allahyar, Sindh, Pakistan, Diocese of Hyderabad For me this experience of celebrating Joti Prub with my people was not less than a mystical experience. I found Jesus in those people who look very simple, without many words, but with their strong…

Pakistan: Kidnappings, Forced Conversions  Human Rughts Issue – Cardinal Coutts
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Pakistan: Kidnappings, Forced Conversions Human Rughts Issue – Cardinal Coutts

“We are citizens of Pakistan and the law is the same for every citizen of Pakistan; it is the State’s responsibility to ensure justice for its citizens,” said Cardinal Joseph Coutts of Pakistan. “The issue of kidnapping, forced conversions and forced marriages should be dealt with on the basis of fundamental human rights, rather than…

Red Wednesday: Asylum Appeal for Pakistani Girl
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Red Wednesday: Asylum Appeal for Pakistani Girl

A 14-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan in hiding from the man trying to hunt her down is to release a video statement describing how she and her family are “constantly receiving death threats”. Maira Shahbaz will describe how Mohamad Nakash Tariq “tortured” her by gang-raping and blackmailing her as part of an ordeal in which…

Pakistan: Caste Stigma Runs Deep
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Pakistan: Caste Stigma Runs Deep

Although Islam does not adhere to a rigid caste system yet there exists a division of upper and lower castes. Those who claim to belong to the clan of the Prophet Muhammad like the Qureishis or the Sayyids are considered to be upper class. Indeed, Indian Muslims have their own special caste system inherited from…

Freedom of Expression: An Asian Perspective
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Freedom of Expression: An Asian Perspective

Two Catholic Church leaders in South Asia have strongly criticized caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo and their support by French President Emmanuel Macron as well as broader French society for the sake of secularism and freedom of expression. Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore in Pakistan and Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi in…

Pakistan: Evidence of Early Christian Presence
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Pakistan: Evidence of Early Christian Presence

On 14th June 2020, the first evidence of Skardu having Christian predecessors was found on the highest mountain of Kavardo village. A three member expedition team from the University of Baltistan, Skardu, discovered a surprise cultural heritage, a huge ‘holy cross shaped rock’ consciously carved on marble. The Research & Expedition team under the leadership…

Pakistan: Devastating Floods in Sindh Province
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Pakistan: Devastating Floods in Sindh Province

Schools in the province of Sindh in Pakistan have been forced to close for the past six months due to Covid-19. Recent devastating floods have added to the misery. Sr Ghazala PBVM who runs the educational outreach programme in the Khipro area sent this slide show:

Pakistan: Judges Afraid to Acquit Falsely Accused Christians
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Pakistan: Judges Afraid to Acquit Falsely Accused Christians

The threat from extremists means judges in Pakistan are too afraid to acquit Christians falsely accused of blasphemy, according to a human rights’ activist, speaking on the day yet another death sentence was handed out. Sajid Christopher Paul, President and Executive Director of Human Friends Organization (HFO), spoke to Catholic charity Aid to the Church…

‘New Priests Sign of Hope for the Church’: Bishop Shukardin, Hyderabad, Pakistan
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‘New Priests Sign of Hope for the Church’: Bishop Shukardin, Hyderabad, Pakistan

Karachi (Agenzia Fides) – “A young priest is always a gift for the People of God, chosen as the prophets and apostles to bring people closer to God. It is the priest’s responsibility to serve people and accompany them to live a life of holiness. This is a day to celebrate and rejoice: let us…

Pakistan: Popular Mariamabad Pilgrimage Cancelled due to Pandemic
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Pakistan: Popular Mariamabad Pilgrimage Cancelled due to Pandemic

Every year Mariamabad village in Punjab province becomes a destination for devotees from all over the country. More than a million devotees and young people from all over Pakistan travel to the shrine on foot, by bicycle or in vehicles to queue for hours and pray at the Marian shrine for special favors. Many light…