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Today Pope Benedict made his own the international outcry for the Muslim government in Pakistan to spare the life of Asia Bibi:
Asia Bibi is a Pakistani Christian who, following a discussion with some Muslim colleagues, was accused by the latter of having pronounced offensive words against the Prophet Mohammed and denounced to the local imam. The imam asked the police to intervene and an investigation began which, a few days later, led to the arrest of Asia Bibi on the accusation of violating code 295 of the penal code, which provides for the death penalty for blasphemy.
At the end of today’s general audience the Holy Father, with reference to the situation of Christians in Pakistan, pronounced the following words:
“Over these days the international community is, with great concern, following the situation of Christians in Pakistan, who are often victims of violence or discrimination. In particular, I today express my spiritual closeness to Ms Asia Bibi and her family while asking that, as soon as possible, she may be restored to complete freedom. I also pray for people who find themselves in similar situations, that their human dignity and fundamental rights may be fully respected”.
Asia Bibi is a 45-year-old mother of 5 children. Her “blasphemy” was simply to say that Christianity is true. This post on Freedomist.com explains how we can help Asia Bibi:
This is how it is done: We call our Congressperson and Senators and ask them to call Secretary Clinton and ask her what she’s doing to get Ms. Bibi pardoned or exiled to the US. I am. Will you too?
Then, after we have done that, we ask other people to do that, and help them with the process if useful, like by helping them figure out who our Congressman is and Senators are and their phone number. ( we have provided information below to help).
If Secretary Clinton gets enough calls with enough urgency from enough elected officials… there’s a way, and she’ll find it. Don’t argue. Just ask. Call your federal legislators and ask them to ask her.
That actually works. Few things are as powerful as voters calling our elected officials with a specific request.
I hope us American Papists heed Pope Benedict’s plea and come to Asia Bibi’s aid!
Please join me in also praying for her swift pardon and continued safety.