Asia Bibi, the Christian woman facing a death sentence in Pakistan for blasphemy, has forgiven her persecutors.
According to a report by Paolo Affatato in the Italian newspaper "La Stampa", Bibi told family who visited her in prison on Christmas Eve: "Christmas is the celebration of God's mercy. I forgive my persecutors, those who have falsely accused me, and I await their forgiveness."
In her statement, Bibi noted that Christmas Eve also was a festive day for Muslims.
"Today is also the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. Peace be upon him, on this day. Honestly I could never even think of disrespect. But, although I have been in prison for seven years, I do not hate those who did me wrong," she said.
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