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Members of the faithful attend an Easter Sunday Mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 17, 2022. A July 2022 report from the Center for Social Justice discussed the issues of blasphemy laws, forced conversion, and biased school curriculum for religious minorities in the country.

Pakistani civil society rejects government’s allegations against Catholic-rights group

Aug 31, 2022

By Aftab Alexander Mughal

The government of Pakistan maligned the group for “alleged anti-state propaganda” by submitting a human-rights report in July to the... Read more

A woman carrying a child walks along a street during a heavy rainfall in the flood-hit Dera Allah Yar town in Jaffarabad district, Balochistan province, Pakistan, on Aug. 30, 2022. Aid efforts ramped up across flooded Pakistan to help tens of millions of people affected by relentless monsoon rains that have submerged a third of the country and claimed more than 1,100 lives.

Pakistani Church leaders call for help for flood victims amid national emergency

Aug 30, 2022

By Aftab Alexander Mughal

More than 1,100 people have been killed, and more than 33 million people have been displaced or affected in some... Read more

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European court sides with Pakistani Christian convert

Apr 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

The court said the asylum applicant’s explusion to Pakistan would violate his human rights. Read more

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School credits for Pakistan inmates should apply to non-Muslims, too, petition states

Mar 21, 2022

By Aftab Alexander Mughal

Inmates in Pakistan's Punjab province can cut their jail time by taking classes, but only Muslim inmates are given the... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

Anglican pastor shot dead in Pakistan on way home from church

Jan 31, 2022

By Courtney Mares

“This ambush undermines peace and religious harmony throughout the country,” Archbishop Benny Mario Travas said. Read more

The Supreme Court of Pakistan in Islamabad.

Pakistan’s top court grants bail to Christian facing blasphemy charge

Jan 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

A lawyer hailed the decision as ‘a very important ruling.’ Read more

Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel with three of their children after being released from death row in Pakistan July 1, 2021

After 7 years on death row in Pakistan, Christian couple granted asylum in Europe

Aug 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Pakistani Christian couple are "relieved to finally be free" after more than seven years on death row for false... Read more

Shahbaz Bhatti, who was assassinated March 2, 2011, speaks at a 2010 press conference in Islamabad.

'He refused to be silent.' What a slain Pakistani religious freedom advocate can teach the world

Mar 4, 2021

Ten years after his assassination, various world leaders have praised the life and death of Shahbaz Bhatti, a Pakistan cabinet... Read more

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Two Christians accused of breaking Pakistan's blasphemy law

Feb 16, 2021

Two Christian evangelists could face the death penalty after being charged with violating Pakistan’s blasphemy law after an encounter in... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Coutts at the Rome office of Aid to the Church in Need April 2, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis names 54-year-old successor to Cardinal Coutts in Karachi

Feb 11, 2021

Pope Francis on Thursday named a 54-year-old successor to Cardinal Joseph Coutts as Archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan.  Read more

A portrait of Shahbaz Bhatti from the Pakistan National Assembly roster. Credit: www.na.gov.pk.

Catholics remember Shahbaz Bhatti 10 years after his assassination in Pakistan

Jan 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The diocese of Rome will host a memorial Mass on Friday for Servant of God Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic politician in Pakistan... Read more

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Pakistan Catholics protest after abduction, forced marriage of 13 year-old Catholic girl

Oct 29, 2020

By CNA Staff

Catholics in Pakistan are protesting a judge’s decision not to intervene after a 44-year-old man allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old Catholic girl,... Read more

Imran Khan, now the prime minister of Pakistan, speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 26, 2012.

Archbishop Chaput asks Pakistani PM to follow through on religious liberty

Jan 22, 2020

On behalf of Philadelphia’s Pakistani Catholic community, Archbishop Charles Chaput encouraged the Pakistani prime minister Tuesday to shape a culture... Read more

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Pakistani court overturns blasphemy conviction of Muslim man

Sep 27, 2019

Pakistan's Supreme Court acquitted a man Wednesday who was sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2002, saying there was a... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian Grotto in Pakistan.

Pakistani archbishop warns of surge in Christian girls kidnapped, forced into marriages

Sep 27, 2019

By CNA Staff

A Catholic bishop in Pakistan has warned of an increase in young Christian and Hindu girls being kidnapped, then forced... Read more

Residents wade through flood waters in Karachi, Pakistan July 31, 2019.

Amid extreme flooding in Pakistan, Catholic volunteers step up

Aug 8, 2019

A 52-year-old Caritas volunteer helped rescue more than two dozen families from a recent flood in Karachi, Pakistan.  Read more

Ashiq Mesih and Eisham Ashiq, Asia Bibi's husband and daughter in Rome April 15, 2015.

Asia Bibi leaves Pakistan, arrives in Canada

May 8, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Asia Bibi, the Catholic wife and mother who spent 9 years on death row on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, has... Read more

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Brownback says Pakistan willing to improve religious freedom record

Feb 26, 2019

The U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom has applauded Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for showing a... Read more

Ashiq Mesih and Eisham Ashiq, Asia Bibi's husband and daughter, speak to CNA in Rome, April 15, 2015.

Court dismisses challenge to Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal

Jan 29, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

A petition to overturn last year’s acquittal of blasphemy charges against Catholic wife and mother Asia Bibi was dismissed by... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

Pakistani province announces plan to protect religious minorities

Dec 13, 2018

A Pakistani official announced this week a new “Minorities Empowerment Package” and the creation of a task force to ensure... Read more