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Published On: Mon, Jan 6th, 2014

Asia Bibi pens a letter to Pope Francis I from Pakistani prison

The Pakistani woman jailed in Pakistan, charged with blasphemy, has written a letter to Pope Francis I.

According to an article in the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines News Service (CBCP News), Asia Bibi said, “I also hope that every Christian has been able to celebrate the Christmas just past with joy. Like many other prisoners, I also celebrated the birth of the Lord in prison in Multan, here in Pakistan.”

Asia BibiShe continued by saying that “only God will be able to free me” and made a point of thanking the Renaissance Education Foundation that helped make her “dream come true” to spend Christmas with her husband and children by bringing them to Multan.

“I would have liked to be in St Peter’s for Christmas to pray with you, but I trust in God’s plan for me and hopefully it will be achieved next year,” she told Pope Francis.

Bibi is awaiting the conclusion of an appeals process after being incarcerated for four and a half years without trial.

During 2009 she served water for some co-workers but they refused to drink it, saying that they considered Christians to be “unclean”.

Arguments reportedly followed and witnesses maintain that Bibi verbally abused the two women, their religion, and the prophet Muhammad.

A few days later, complaints were made to a cleric about these alleged derogatory comments, resulting in a mob coming to her house and beating her and members of her family.

Bibi was rescued by the police but, under pressure from the crowd, they charged her under Section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code, the country’s notorious anti-blasphemy law. She was sentenced to be hanged in 2010.

“I am very grateful to all the churches that are praying for me and fighting for my freedom,” CBCP News said she continued in the letter.

Bibi added, “I do not know how long I can go on and on. If I am still alive, it is thanks to the strength that your prayers give me. I have met many people who speak and fight for me. Unfortunately still to no avail. At this time I just want to trust the mercy of God, who can do everything, that all is possible. Only He can liberate me.”

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