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China’s state-aligned Catholic organisations tell US to back off

HONG KONG (UCAN): Responding to the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom of the United States (US) State Department, held in Washington DC from July 16 to 18, the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CPA) and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC) and other officially sanctioned religious organisations in China say the gathering “maliciously hyped” China’s ethnic and religious policies.
 

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Seventy murders over Pakistan’s blasphemy law

WASHINGTON (CNS): Seventy people accused of blasphemy in Pakistan have been murdered in extrajudicial actions by mobs however, the government itself has not executed anyone found guilty at trial according to Peter Jacob, executive director of the Centre for Social Justice based in Lahore, Pakistan.
 
“The lethality of the law is not only tested by the law but by the people,” Jacob said during a mid-July interview.
 

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