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Asia Bibi leaves Pakistan for Canada

Asia Bibi and her husband had been in protective custody since she was freed from prison in October, and there were fears for her health and safety.

2019.05.09.

Persecution of Christians in Middle East and North Africa is close to genocide, says UK report

“Widespread evidence shows that today, Christians constitute the most widely persecuted religion.”

2019.05.04.

Pakistani officials refuse to allow Catholics to travel to World Youth Day

“If you meet the criteria, if you have the regular documentation requested and you get a visa, a citizen must be free to leave.”

2019.01.27.

Asia Bibi acquitted of blasphemy charges in Pakistan

“We thank God very much that he’s heard our prayers – and the prayers of so many people who have longed for Asia Bibi’s release over all these years of suffering and anguish.”

2018.11.01.

Verdict in Asia Bibi’s appeal deferred until next week

Pakistani Christian mother has been locked up in solitary confinement since 2010 after she was condemned to death under the country’s draconian blasphemy laws.

2018.10.09.

Go2Mass for those who can’t – ACN organises international solidarity campaign

ACN is running a Go2Mass campaign where Catholics go to an extra Mass to pray for one of the 200 million Christians who are facing the threat of persecution or even death for their faith.

2018.09.22.

Warning over Pakistan’s failure to protect Christian women

Catholic lawyer Tabassum Yousaf highlights case of 18-year-old Binish Paul who was allegedly thrown from the roof of a second storey building after refusing to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim.

2018.09.18.

Catholic charities support women’s empowerment

Trócaire and Christian aid support women parliamentarians from Myanmar, Pakistan and Sierre Leone attending recent International Congress of Women’s Caucuses in Dublin.

2018.09.15.

Irish consulate refuses visas to WMOF2018 pilgrims in Pakistan

About 10,000 families from around Pakistan had applied for visas; 600 from the archdiocese of Karachi alone. All requests were rejected.

2018.08.11.

Trócaire expresses concern for attacks on freedom to operate

“Like a free press, a free civil society is fundamental to democracy.” - Éamonn Meehan, executive director of Trócaire

2018.07.30.

New documentary on Irish Presentation nun

‘Sister India’ recounts the story of Sr Loreto Houlihan, a 91-year-old Irish missionary, who has spent 70 years teaching in India.

2018.04.10.

Bishops from Pakistan meet the Holy Father

The Catholic Church is contributing much to society and to the development of the country, especially through education, hospitals and other charitable works such as with the handicapped and drug addicts. 

2018.03.16.

Pope lends solidarity to those persecuted for their faith

Meeting between Pontiff and the husband and daughter of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, as well as Nigerian Rebecca Bitrus, who escaped from Boko Haram after two years in captivity.

2018.02.27.

Dublin Archdiocesan Culture Night offering was ‘a collection of collections’

There was a focus on the post-war years when there were appeals for the Congo, Biafra and East Pakistan.

2017.09.24.

Pakistani state funeral for Catholic nun who made fighting leprosy her life’s work

It is the first time that a Catholic has received this honour in the predominantly Muslim country.

2017.08.11.

Pope recalls St Stephen’s martyrdom as he prays for persecuted Christians

“Today too the Church, to bear witness to the light and the truth, is experiencing severe persecution in different places, up to the supreme test of martyrdom.”

2016.12.27.

President Higgins speaks out against xenophobia

“Racism and xenophobia are garnering electoral power in many countries” – President Higgins.

2016.11.23.

Irish citizens must think about role of religion in Republic’s second century

Faith-based or denominational-based education brings benefits to society and democracy due to the plurality of perspectives it encompasses – Francis Campbell.

2016.11.02.

Asia Bibi’s Supreme Court appeal date set

Human rights groups believe Pakistan's blasphemy laws are often used to discriminate against religious minorities, such as the country's estimated three million Christians.

2016.08.27.

Persecuted Church in Pakistan sees vocations boom

Lahore seminary rector sees increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life as “a sign of God's blessing” who is “always close to his people.”

2016.05.05.

Trócaire nominated to share $1m human rights prize

If Syeda Ghulam Fatima is named Aurora Prize Laureate, Trócaire will share the award with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan & the Bonded Labour Liberation Front.

2016.04.15.

Dozens killed in attack on Christians in Lahore

Pope appeals to Pakistan's civil authorities and social groupings to restore security and peace especially to the most vulnerable religious minorities.

2016.03.29.

Paris, migrants and climate change dominated 2015

“The world urgently needs to bring peace to Syria to stop the completely unacceptable suffering of the Syrian people" - Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director, Trócaire.

2015.12.29.

Pope Francis prays for earthquake victims

Trócaire commits an initial €400k to support communities impacted by quake in Pakistan and launches emergency appeal for donations.

2015.10.28.

Trócaire responds to Afghan-Pakistan earthquake

Phone networks have been badly damaged which is hampering the communication of information about the scale of the casualties and damage.

2015.10.27.

Asia Bibi to appeal

Pakistan Supreme Court gives condemned woman leave to appeal. International pressure led to decision, says British Pakistani Christian Association. "Asia will have to spend more time in jail, but her freedom is now a real possibility."

2015.07.23.

Child set on fire for being Christian in Pakistan

“That this deplorable attack on a child was triggered by a simple profession of faith is deeply worrying.”

2015.04.14.

570,000 people call for justice for Asia Bibi

Online petition calls for the release of mother-of-five who was condemned to death in Pakistan in 2010 after she was convicted of blasphemy.

2015.03.27.

Homelessness campaigners on peace shortlist

Fr Peter McVerry, Sr Stan Kennedy and Bro Kevin Crowley nominated collectively for their efforts to tackle homeless crisis.

2015.01.04.

Primate heartened by news from Stormont

"It is good to see ‘Heads of Agreement’ rather than ‘Headlines of Disagreement’ emerging from the talks."

2014.12.26.
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