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Faisalabad remembers Bishop John Joseph, "martyr" of the blasphemy law
A religious ceremony was held to mark the 14th anniversary of the prelate's death. He has become a symbol of peace and justice, playing a prophetic role for Pakistan's Christian community.
17/05/2016 16:34:00 PAKISTAN
Muslim leaders remember Bishop Joseph, a prophet against the abusive use of the blasphemy law
On the 18th anniversary of the bishop of Faisalabad’s death, Muslims remember him as a great fighter “against atrocities”, as well as an advocate for human rights and “interfaith harmony”. For Muslim activist, he was “like a beacon” who saw “the beginning of the downfall”. Only by changing the blasphemy laws can the nation unite.
16/05/2016 14:50:00 PAKISTAN
Bishop John Joseph's sacrifice "opened up debate on the blasphemy law"
The Catholic Church commemorates the 18th anniversary of his "martyrdom for the faith." The Bishop’s niece declares that her uncle’s act stirred consciences at home and abroad. The law that punishes offenses against the prophet and the Koran with death was passed in 1986. Since then, 1,400 convicted persons.
Bishop John Joseph, “a powerful voice breaking the silence”
A meeting was held in Faisalabad on the 9th anniversary of the death of Bishop John Joseph who took his own life to call the world’s attention to Pakistan’s blasphemy law. He is remembered as “the voice of the voiceless” and his act is commemorated as “the cry in the wildness that lifted the veil of silence surrounding extremism.”
Mgr John Joseph, blasphemy martyr, remembered
On the eighth anniversary of the bishop's death, his sacrifice is being recalled across the country and once again, there are calls for abolition of this unjust and abused law.
Minorities demand equal rights as country celebrates independence
As Pakistan celebrates 60 years since independence from the United Kingdom, thousands of people from minority communities demand equal rights, appealing to the vision of the Father of the nation, Ali Jinnah. Former Prime Minister Bhutto says country is in great need for a “voice against religious intolerance.”
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