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Martyr status for Bhatti

RAWALPINDI (SE): The diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi reported that it intends to open a process to have the former Catholic minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, who was assassinated on 2 March 2011, declared a martyr.

Vatican Radio reported that the diocese had already opened an investigation to collect evidence, as in a video he recorded to be released in the event of his death he said that he knew that he was a wanted man.

Bhatti was a leading voice for religious freedom and peace in Pakistan. He was shot dead by three masked men as left his mother’s home in Islamabad.

In the video he said, “I want to share that I believe in Jesus Christ, who has given his own life for us. I know what is the meaning of cross and I follow him to the cross.”

Fides reported that his last words in the video are, “Pray for me and for my life.”


He added, “I am a man who has burnt his bridges. I cannot and will not go back on this commitment. I will fight fanaticism and fight in defence of Christians to the death.”

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