Kidnapped Pakistani Christian may be sold abroad

Kidnapped Pakistani Christian may be sold abroad
June 13, 2011
Pakistani Catholic sources have told the Fides news agency that a 24-year-old Christian woman who was kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, and forced to marry a Muslim may soon be sold abroad.

Farah Hatim, 24, “was forced to sign a declaration stating that she had converted and married [according] to her will,” said a Pakistani nun. “The text was brought to the police and in court, so legally the case is considered closed. It will be possible to reopen it only with a written statement, in which Farah testifies that these communications were drawn out by threats and torture.”

The nun called for prayer and international pressure to help secure Hatim’s releases.

There are over 700 cases of forced conversion to Islam in Pakistan each year, according to Fides.

We should all pray to Our Lady Help of Christians!!!

From A Catholic Prayer Book

“Spread devotion to Mary Help of Christians, and you will see what miracles are.”

Saint John Bosco (1815-1888)

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, how sweet it is to come to your feet imploring your perpetual help. If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children, how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me? Grant then to me, I implore you, your perpetual help in all my necessities, in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations. I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering. Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners. Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life. Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians, that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN has asked for an intervention by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to be made to try to rescue the kidnapped Christian woman.

“… it is a violation of human rights, freedom of conscience and religion, and abuse on personal freedom, freedom to choose how to live one`s life.”

“I think the facilities of the international community, created for the protection of persecuted people should be used. Moreover, indifference on behalf of Western media should be shaken, because they often do not report the discrimination that millions of believers suffer.”

The case of Farah: only a UN intervention

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