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For Pakistan priest, basic communities are a place to meet and value faith
Fr Benjamin Joseph was the first local priest in the Archdiocese of Lahore. He has worked in various parishes, centres and schools in Punjab. He insists on the importance of basic communities, hoping for greater cooperation between priests and catechists. In the past, he promoted pilgrimages to Marian shrines and youth summer camps.
First Christian to be acquitted on blasphemy charges
Despite the not guilty verdict, a Christian man must hide in fear for his life. The government admits law is improperly enforced.
Blasphemy law: death threats against teenage girl forces family to flee
Punjab: young Christian man accused of blasphemy killed in prison
Fanish, 20, was arrested last Saturday. His death was “judicial murder” according to human rights activist. The day before a Muslim mob attacked members of the dead man’s Christian community, setting fire to their church. Pakistani extremists are funded by Saudi “charities.”
Collusion between police and extremists cause of deaths in judicial custody, Pakistani NGO says
A human rights group expresses concern over “increasing incidents of violence” against religious minorities. Fanatics enjoy impunity thanks to complicitous prison guards. The government is blamed for not prosecuting people responsible for such crimes. Police has not yet registered a first information report on the murder of a 20-year-old Christian man in Sialkot prison.
Some 20 million Christians to mark ‘black day’ against persecution in Pakistan
Activists, minority lawmakers and religious leaders are united in peaceful protest against the country’s blasphemy laws. This is their response to fundamentalist attacks and their way to get the Pakistan government to repeal the laws. Amnesty International backs the fight for minority rights in Pakistan.
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