• What Lahore and the Little Sisters have in common

    What Lahore and the Little Sisters have in common

    • Apr 7, 2016

    ROME – This is one of those pieces that may come off initially as an almost surreal exercise in mixing apples and oranges, but bear with me, because I believe two recent stories involving religious freedom actually shed some light on one another. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court asked

  • Christians in Pakistan say justice remains elusive

    Christians in Pakistan say justice remains elusive

    • Mar 30, 2016

    ROME— Yusuf Farid was a 28-year-old Koranic school teacher living in the Pakistani town of Muzaffargah who, on Sunday, wrapped himself with 40 pounds of explosives and stood next to the main gate of Gulshan-e-Iqbal park, in Lahore, patiently waiting for people to congregate as they left the park at

  • Pope Francis condemns anti-Christian attack in Pakistan as ‘cowardly’

    Pope Francis condemns anti-Christian attack in Pakistan as ‘cowardly’

    • Mar 28, 2016

    ROME— A suicide blast in eastern Pakistan city of Lahore killed at least 65 people and injured over 300 as they were celebrating Easter on Sunday in a local park. A splinter group of the Taliban claimed responsibility, saying they’d intentionally targeted Christians. Pope Francis condemned the attack on Monday,

  • Remembering Bishop John Joseph of Pakistan

    • May 6, 2015

    On May 6, 1998, John Joseph, Roman Catholic bishop of Faisalabad, Pakistan, was found dead in the compound of a courthouse in the town of Sahiwal. Bishop John died from a gunshot wound to his head. Competing narratives still swirl around his death. News reports pointed to a note left

  • Pope urges the empowerment of women, blasts ‘gender theory’

    • Apr 15, 2015

    ROME — Pope Francis, who’s on record in favor of greater roles for women in both church and society, on Wednesday blasted what he called “gender theory,” saying that the elimination of differences between men and women is the problem rather the solution. The pontiff said that women and men

  • Pakistani Christians to the world: ‘Please, pray for us’

    Pakistani Christians to the world: ‘Please, pray for us’

    • Mar 17, 2015

    ROME — After a coordinated terrorist attack on two churches that left 17 people dead in Pakistan, some local Christians are engaging in angry protests demanding greater police protection while others are simply packing their bags to flee. “We’ve already gone through this, and we won’t stay here and wait,”