The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pope Remembers Shahbaz Bhatti, Murdered Catholic Pakistani Official

Last week I mentioned the murder of Pakistan's Minister of Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic who had spoken out strongly against the country's so-called anti-blasphemy laws. These "laws" are often applied unjustly against Christians and other religious minorities simply for practicing their faith. During the Angeles on Sunday afternoon, Pope Benedict XVI praised this courageous man to the crowd assembled in St. Peter's Square. Shahbaz Bhatti gave his life while supporting and protecting Pakistan's oppressed and persecuted minorities. The following is a video of the Holy Father's comments:

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