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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.
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.
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