- May 24, 2020
Christians in Pakistan represent just two percent of the population in an overwhelmingly Muslim nation, and one gripped for the last thirty years by a rising tide of extremism. They’re also largely poor and members of ethnic and linguistic minorities, so they’re doubly or triply at risk. Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore says that his country’s martyrs can teach the Church, and the world, about ‘the purpose of being.’
Politics is inevitably a factor in many sainthood causes in the Catholic Church, and today politics may once again be complicating a sainthood case in the person of Shahbaz Bhatti, who many see as the ideal patron saint for the new Christian martyrs of the 21st century.