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Pope meets with family of slain Catholic Pakistani official

August 28, 2014

Pope Francis met on August 27 with the mother and brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, who served as Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs from 2008 until his assassination in 2011.

Bhatti was Pakistan’s most prominent lay Catholic and a leading advocate on behalf of persecuted religious minorities in the Muslim state.

Bhatti’s brother, Paul Bhatti, described Pope Francis as a father figure to the world’s persecuted Christians and invited the Pontiff to visit Pakistan.


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