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Pakistan: Parents forgive suicide bomber
Pakistan: Parents forgive suicide bomber

Catholic parents whose son was killed by a suicide bomber in the 2016 Easter Sunday attack at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, Pakistan have told Lahore's Archbishop that they have forgiven the man that killed their child. Speaking with Aid to the Church in Need, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw said: "After celebrating Holy Mass I went up to a married couple to give them my blessing. "They told me that my homily on mercy and pardon had helped them greatly, since they had lost a son in the attack in the Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park on Easter Sunday and that they had forgiven the suicide bomber who

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Mercy in the Midst of Persecution - testimonies at ACN  Westminster event
Mercy in the Midst of Persecution - testimonies at ACN Westminster event

The lives of Christians living through conflict and persecution was brought vividly into focus on Saturday when speakers from Syria and Pakistan gave their testimonies at Aid to the Church in Need's annual event in Westminster Cathedral Hall. Probably few people know more about the situation on the ground in Aleppo than Sister Annie Demerjian who leads a team of volunteers that go house-to-house, providing food, shelter and medicine at great risk to their own safety. She gave a harrowing account of life in Aleppo - "its indescribable" she said. "Aleppo is a broken city where life hardly exists..

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Chester: Chance to hear eye-witnesses to violence in Syria and Pakistan
Chester: Chance to hear eye-witnesses to violence in Syria and Pakistan

Christian leaders serving in areas plagued by persecution, terrorist violence and war will speak at an event in Chester tomorrow. The Most Rev Sebastian Shaw, the Catholic Archbishop of Lahore, is coming to the North West to raise awareness of the persecution faced by the Christian minority of Pakistan. The archbishop will make his visit just months after 72 people were massacred on Easter Sunday by a suicide bomber who targeted a Lahore children's playground used by Christian families. He will be joined by Sister Annie Demerjian, who will give an eye-witness account of the plight of civilians caught in

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Syria: Nun on Aleppo's front line
Syria: Nun on Aleppo's front line

A religious Sister from Syria is to come to the UK to give first-hand testimony about life in Aleppo as part of a series of events organised by Aid to the Church in Need, the Catholic charity helping those suffering persecution. Sister Annie Demerjian and Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore, Pakistan will give personal witness accounts at ACN events both in England and Scotland. In her keynote addresses, Sister Annie is expected to describe her life-threatening work providing emergency aid and spiritual support to

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Pakistan: Muslims pay homage to Our Lady of Mariamabad
Pakistan: Muslims pay homage to Our Lady of Mariamabad

Many thousands of Muslim faith leaders and believers paid a visit to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mariamabad, in the diocese of Lahore on Monday, the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary. Dominican priest Fr James Channan, who is head of the Peace Centre in Lahore, which promotes interfaith dialogue, said: "A message of love, tolerance and harmony comes from Mary." The Archbishop of the city, Mgr Sebastian Shaw, today on a visit to the shrine, welcomed Muslim pilgrims, and a large crowd of Pakistani Christians who were spending

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Pakistan: Pope reaches out to bomb blast victims
Pakistan: Pope reaches out to bomb blast victims

Victims of the Easter Sunday Pakistan bomb blast recovering in hospital have received a personal message of sympathy from the Pope. Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore described how he was going from bed to bed visiting the wounded when he received a call on his mobile phone from Vatican officials who said that they had received a message from Pope Francis who was anxious to send a greeting to those wounded and grieving. Latest reports say 72 people - 29 of them children - were killed and more than 340 were injured

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Pakistan: Mob attacks Christian quarter after new blasphemy accusation
Pakistan: Mob attacks Christian quarter after new blasphemy accusation

The Christian quarter of Lahore was attacked by a mob after a mentally handicapped man was accused of desecrating the Qur'an. Young Christian man Humayun Faisal Masih was accused of blasphemy after burning some newspaper. According to his accusers the papers contained verses from the Qur'an. Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore described the events of Sunday evening (24th May) to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. He was alerted to the mob's actions at seven o'clock, just after they had blocked the traffic in Sanda, a mainly Christian quarter of Lahore

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