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Pakistan—Shagufta and Shafqat Finally Win Justice

A Christian couple in Pakistan on death row for seven years, was acquitted in a landmark judgment, Thursday, June 3. Shagufta Kausar and her husband, Shafqat Masih, from the Punjab town of Gojra, were sentenced to death in 2014 for allegedly sending a local imam blasphemous text messages insulting the Muslim Prophet Mohammad. But in […]

Asia Bibi: “Please Help our Girls”

In a moving interview which she gave to the international Catholic pastoral and Pontifical Charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Asia Bibi made a heartfelt appeal to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on behalf of the religious minorities in the country, recalling in particular the terrible plight of the many underage Pakistani girls […]

ACN News – The only hope for Huma Younus: Supreme Court of Pakistan

Pakistan Supreme court – the only hope for Huma Younus Text by Marta Petrosillo, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Briget Griffin, ACN Canada Posted to website March 26, 2020 For the umpteenth time, no progress has been made in the case of Huma Younus, the 14-year-old Catholic girl abducted on 10 October last year in […]

ACN News – Asia Bibi: An encounter with an icon

Asia Bibi in France An encounter with an icon  By Thomas Oswald for ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Published online February 28, 2020   Asia Bibi has requested political asylum while in France. This Pakistani Christian woman, whose fate ACN has followed closely since she was first sentenced in 2010, recently […]

Pakistan – The “Asia Bibi” the world knows nothing about – ACN-News

Pakistan: “My husband is innocent!” – The “Asia Bibi” the world knows nothing about   In Pakistan, 224 Christians have been victims of the blasphemy law since the law’s passage in 1986, Cecil Shane Chaudhry, Executive Director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of Pakistan, told a delegation from Aid to the […]

Release of Asia Bibi : “A Triumph of Human Rights”

 Press Release – Release of Asia Bibi Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is relieved by the definitive release of Asia Bibi. Montréal, Tuesday, January 30, 2019 – “This is a great day for the respect of human rights, for religious freedom and for justice. The Pakistani government didn’t allow the extremists who took […]

ACN Feature Story: Pakistan, an overview of persecution and the blasphemy laws

Pakistan, an overview of persecution and the blasphemy laws Pakistan. A country where the Christian minority experiences terrible persecution and discrimination, simply because of their faith. One tool of discrimination used against Christians or other minorities is the “Blasphemy Law”.  In 1986, the so-called blasphemy law was enacted in Pakistan. In principle, the law protects […]

ACN NEWS: ASIA BIBI CONCERNED FOR THE SAFETY OF HER DAUGHTERS

Pakistan ASIA BIBI IS CONCERNED FOR THE SAFETY OF HER DAUGHTERS “WE ARE AFRAID!” SAYS JOSEPH NADEEM, THE MAN WHO IS SHELTERING HER FAMILY TELLS ACN: “IN THE LAST FEW DAYS THE ISLAMISTS HAVE SHOT AT THE GATEWAY OUTSIDE OUR HOUSE. WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO FIND A PLACE OF SECURITY SOON, PERHAPS EVEN […]

ACN INTERVIEW – FATHER JAMES CHANNON OF PAKISTAN

ACN INTERVIEW In Pakistan, the Church is pursuing the path of love—even in the face of violence Father James Channan, O.P.—the former Vice Provincial of the Dominican order in Pakistan—is director of the Dominican-run Peace Center in Lahore, Pakistan, which is committed to deepening the knowledge of the faith of laity and clergy in the […]