At a meeting with members of the Catholic Fraternity of the Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowship, Pope Francis described prayer using the analogy of breathing: “Praise is the ‘breath’ which gives us life, because it is intimacy with God, an intimacy that grows through daily praise … Breathing is made… Read More »Breathing Meditation with Pope Francis
Asia Bibi loses Appeal
Asia Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 and sentenced to death. In a decision described by Bishop Ruffin Anthony of Islamabad / Rawalpindi as ‘heartbreaking’, the mother of five lost an appeal against the sentence on 16 October. Read more on this case from Vatican Radio.
Human rights organisations believe that the blasphemy laws are often exploited for personal gain or to address grudges. The National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops Conference, has advocated the abolition of the blasphemy laws for years.
Prayer for Asia Bibi
Jesus, you were executed as a criminal,
be with Asia Bibi as she faces the death penalty.
Give her peace of mind
and comfort her children.
Touch the hearts, and enlighten the minds
of lawmakers and legal officers
in Pakistan, and in all countries
that use the death penalty.
Help us all to find life-giving
ways of resolving problems.
Read More »Asia Bibi Day of Prayer
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