Pakistan: bishops ask Holy See to declare assassinated layman a martyr
March 28, 2011
The bishops of Pakistan have asked the Holy See to declare Shabhaz Bhatti a martyr and patron of religious freedom. Bhatti, a layman who served as federal minister of minorities, was assassinated on March 2 for his opposition to the nation’s blasphemy law.
- Bishops write to Pope: “Shahbaz Bhatti is a martyr and patron of religious freedom” (Fides)
- Day of prayer, fasting in Pakistan as assassinated cabinet minister buried (CWN, 3/4)