02/24/2018, 13.35
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Pope receives Asia Bibi’s husband and daughter

In the meeting with Francis, a young Nigerian woman who escaped from Boko Aram joined the husband and daughter of the Pakistani Christian woman condemned to death for blasphemy. This afternoon the Colosseum will be bathed in red light in solidarity with all those persecuted because of their faith.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – The Pope met the husband and daughter of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who has been in prison for nine years on a specious charge of blasphemy.

The meeting took place on the day, today, when the Colosseum will be bathed in red light at 6 pm (local time) in solidarity with all those who are persecuted for their faith.

At the same time, the Maronite Cathedral of St Elias in Aleppo (Syria) and the Church of St Paul in Mosul in Iraq will also be bathed in red light, symbol of the blood of martyred Christians.

Rebecca Bitrus, a young Nigerian Christian woman, was also present at the meeting with Francis. She fled from Boko Aram terrorists after two years of captivity.

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