Pope calls for end to persecution of Christians in Pakistan

Published: March 15, 2015
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ROME: Pope Francis said he felt great pain over bomb attacks outside two churches in Lahore on Sunday, departing from scripted remarks in his customary address to decry “persecution” of Christians.

“These are Christian churches. Christians are persecuted, our brothers spill their blood simply because they are Christians,” the pontiff said after his Angelus address.

The attacks in Lahore, claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar, killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services.

Read: 14 dead, 75 injured in attack on Lahore’s Christian community

Francis told crowds at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican that he prayed for peace in the country and that “this persecution of Christians, and that the world tries to hide it, finishes”.

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  • Mar 15, 2015 - 7:22PM

    why is it the pope have to make such call for the end of chirstian percecution what happen to pakistan goverment it seems the like what is happening every day you got one sets of people killing a next set and nothing has being done to end it Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 15, 2015 - 8:22PM

    Pope Francis said he felt great pain over bomb attacks outside two churches in Lahore on Sunday, departing from scripted remarks in his customary address to decry “persecution” of Christians.

    Whoelse but only an inhuman will not suffer from the persecution of christians believers in Pakistan?.
    The European Union should impose sanctions against Pakistan which is now ruled by the military establishment who are now involved in ethnic cleansing in KPK and Baluch lands, causing retaliation from the Talibans in key cities especially on soft targets.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Londay Baazi
    Mar 15, 2015 - 9:33PM

    Pope should mind his own business.Recommend

  • Imran
    Mar 15, 2015 - 9:35PM

    Somebody tell the well informed resident of Vatican that terrorists are against all citizens of Pakistan, nobody is spared by them. This isnt persecution of Christians. They have suffered too as by their other Pakistani brethren. Recommend

  • Milind
    Mar 15, 2015 - 9:38PM

    Stop all those conversions first… These are the root cause of antagonism & distrust towards Christians world over.Recommend

  • blocked by ET
    Mar 15, 2015 - 10:21PM

    Where was pope when imam bargahs and data darbar complex were attacked? the terrorists wants to divide us and he is helping them. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 15, 2015 - 10:56PM

    ….his call will fall on deaf ears in PakistanRecommend

  • darn
    Mar 15, 2015 - 11:38PM

    @Londay Baazi:
    Christians are his business. There were Catholics among the victims.Recommend

  • woody
    Mar 15, 2015 - 11:43PM

    @Londay Baazi:

    Pope should mind his own business.

    If the head of the Catholic Church doesn’t have an unequivocal right to condemn the slaughter of Catholics then who does? What’s really disappointing is the silence from the Pakistani and Muslim leadership – shame on them.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Mar 16, 2015 - 3:13AM

    A tight slap in the face for al bakistan.Recommend

  • Buddy
    Mar 16, 2015 - 7:04AM

    @Londay Baazi:
    @imran
    The pope is only call for an end to persecution of people whom he feels responsible for. He is also only calling for peace in the country. There is nothing wrong in his calls!!! What would have been wrong if he would have propagated violence against the unknown perpetrators.Recommend

  • Klobania
    Mar 16, 2015 - 12:18PM

    Where was this pope when 3 muslims were killed in US university…. the incident that even failed gain attention of media let alone the popeRecommend

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