Pakistan

The Latest

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

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

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

The flag of Pakistan.

Two Christians accused of breaking Pakistan's blasphemy law

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

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

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

Azoo Raja.

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

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

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

The flag of Pakistan.

Pakistani court overturns blasphemy conviction of Muslim man

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

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

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

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

Sam Brownback.

Brownback says Pakistan willing to improve religious freedom record

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

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

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

 Pope Francis meets with the "Shahbaz Bhatti Mission" association Nov. 30, 2018.

Francis praises witness of Pakistani Catholic killed in 2011

Servant of God Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic politician from Pakistan who was killed in 2011, is a witness of how... Read more

Venice illuminated red in remembrance of persecuted Christians.

Venice illuminated in red for Asia Bibi, persecuted Christians

To express solidarity with persecuted Christians, including Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman recently acquitted of blasphemy, the city of Venice... Read more

A protest in Lahore on November 2, 2018 following the Pakistan Supreme Court decision on Asia Bibi.

Catholic mother Asia Bibi moved from prison to Islamabad amid death threats

Pakistani Catholic Asia Bibi was released from prison and moved to Islamabad late Wednesday as her family seeks asylum due... Read more

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

Asia Bibi's husband begs US to offer asylum

The husband of the Pakistani Catholic woman who was recently acquitted of blasphemy charges is asking several Western nations to... Read more

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

Pakistan Supreme Court acquits Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges

The Pakistan Supreme Court Wednesday overturned the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Roman Catholic woman convicted of blasphemy in... Read more

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

Pakistani Supreme Court reserves judgement on Asia Bibi blasphemy case

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has reserved judgement on the verdict of Asia Bibi, a Roman Catholic woman who was sentenced to... Read more