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Blasphemy protest gathers strength

Petition to be handed in after demonstration in London against 'persecution'

Cardinal O'Brien Cardinal O'Brien
  • Michael MacLachlan, London
  • United Kingdom
  • June 28, 2011
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Scottish Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien is backing a campaign for a change to Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

He said he endorsed a petition to be handed in at the British prime minister’s residence, 10 Downing Street, on July 2 after a protest march from the Pakistani Embassy organized by the British Pakistani Christian Association.

“I have been aware of the persecution of Christians and those of other faiths in Pakistan,” said the cardinal, who has previously criticized UK government plans to double aid to Pakistan while failing to demand protection for Christians and other vulnerable communities.

More than 1,150 people have signed the petition in support of persecuted minorities in Pakistan in the week since it was launched.

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