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Vowing to pursue a program of “justice and peace”, the newly elected president of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference says that the agenda will include speaking out against the country’s controversial blasphemy laws. Source: Crux.
A parliamentary committee in Pakistan has sought clarifications on cases under the country’s blasphemy laws in its attempts to end “unjust” detentions and to develop standard procedures to address the suffering of religious minorities. Source: UCA News.
Church and rights groups, including media organisations and political parties, have challenged the legality of the Sri Lankan Government’s online safety bill, saying it curtails freedom of speech. Source: UCA News.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka has criticised the country’s president for suggesting there is a rift in Church leadership over an international probe into the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings that claimed 269 lives. Source: UCA News.
Aid to the Church in Need will provide emergency support to the victims of anti-Christian riots that took place in Jaranwala, in the Pakistani district of Punjab.
Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has called for an international probe into the 2019 Easter bombings after a UK-based broadcaster claimed the country’s worst-ever terror attack was an inside job by the government. Source: UCA News.
Pakistani authorities on Monday handed out thousands of dollars to nearly 100 Christian families whose homes were destroyed or damaged by a Muslim mob angered over an alleged desecration of the Koran last week. Source: Crux.
Bishops in Pakistan have called for prayer after an angry mob vandalised several Christian homes and churches in the district of Faisalabad on Wednesday following allegations of blasphemy and desecration of the Koran. Source: Crux.
A leading Catholic bishop in India has applauded a state government’s decision to recommend repealing a controversial anti-conversion law, which critics saw as a means of intimidating religious minorities in the largely Hindu nation. Source: Crux.