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									Pope Benedict urges freedom for Asia Bibi
November 17, 2010 (2 weeks ago)

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi is seen in an undated photo handed out by family members.
-Reuters Photo

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI has urged the release of a Christian woman in Pakistan
facing the death sentence on a charge of blasphemy.

Benedict told his weekly public audience Wednesday that Christians in Pakistan ”are often victims
of violence and discrimination.”

He called for the release of Asia Bibi, who was recently sentenced to death accused of insulting
the Prophet Muhammad.

He expressed his ”spiritual closeness” to her and said he is praying that the ”human dignity and
fundamental rights of everyone in similar situations” is fully respected.

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