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Catholics and Muslims fasting and praying together for Asia Bibi and Sawan Masih
Peaceful demonstrations took place today in Lahore and Islamabad to show solidarity with "persecuted Christians" and demand justice for the victims of the "black law". For a Lahore priest, the rallies are an "encouraging" response of civil society. "Disgusted" by the situation, a Muslim activist expresses his in solidarity for "our Christian brothers and sisters."
Rimsha Masih: My Christmas close to Asia Bibi and victims of blasphemy
"I'm happy," says the girl, "I would like as a gift for the holidays nice clothes and sneakers." The desire to return to school, but the problem of her safety remains. Her father thanks Jesus, Paul Bhatti and the government, but warns: "we feel in danger." Rimsha and family send greetings to Pope Benedict XVI and wish him and all Christians of the world, "Merry Christmas."
Life of 11-year-old Christian in danger even though he is not charged with anything
Blasphemy accusations have been made against five Christians, the youngest a 16-year-old, after a quarrel between boys that was blamed on the 11-year-old. Local Christians are afraid that he might become the target of violence.
Asia Bibi affair: Pakistani Christians to march on Christmas Day against blasphemy law
The High Court in Lahore will soon set a date for Asia Bibi’s appeal. Christians will take to the streets in Lahore to demand the law’s repeal. “The government will take all appropriate measures” in order “to stop growing incidents of misuse of the blasphemy law,” Pakistan president says.
Without evidence police arrest Christian on blasphemy charges
A Christian from Karachi is arrested for allegedly sending blasphemous cellphone messages "as revenge for last month's attacks against churches by Muslims." Human rights activists demand that he not be remanded into police custody because too many people die in prison without trial.
Two Catholics arrested for blasphemy against the Qur'an
James Masih and Buta Masih, both 70, are accused of burning some pages of the Qur'an. The two illiterate men are jailed despite the lack of witnesses. The Bishop of Faisalabad protests the vulnerability Pakistani Christians must endure. He calls on the faithful to pray for those jailed on the basis of lies.
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