“It is a cause of concern with the Church because Christians are being killed and beaten… There are much more attacks than ten years ago.Fundamentalism is a real problem.” -Bishop Gerald Almeida of Jabalpur -


Raped, forced to marry and convert, and now facing death threats, Christian girl Maira Shahbaz, 14, from Pakistan, urgently needs asylum. Maira and her family are in hiding from extremists who accuse her of apostasy and want her dead. The family are in immediate danger.

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  • PAKISTAN & UK: Charity launches asylum petition for Christian girl in severe danger

    A Catholic charity is launching a campaign calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to grant UK asylum to a 14-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan receiving death threats from a rapist who forced her to marry him and abandon her faith. Maira Shahbaz, a Catholic from the Punjab Province, is in hiding, having escaped from Mohamad […]

    The mother and siblings of the kidnapped girl, Maira Shahbaz.
  • SYRIA: ‘A sign of hope amid the darkness and despair’

    Two Franciscan friars, the only remaining clergy in Idlib, Syria, have revealed the details of their lives ministering in one of the last bastions of jihadist rule in the country, including the daily threat of being killed, tortured or attacked. Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Father Firas Lutfi, Custodian […]

    With image of Syrian Christian (Credit: Ismael Martinez Sanchez/ACN)

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