Christian jailed for blasphemy allowed to keep pope’s gift

Asia Bibi

A Pakistani Christian woman condemned to death by Muslims for blasphemy during a dispute over a glass of water says she is grateful authorities are allowing her to keep a rosary given to her by the pope.

The website Christians in Pakistan reported the gift to Asia Bibi from Pope Francis came about when her husband, Ashiq Masih, and daughter, Eisham, visited the pope Feb. 24.

“The pontiff told them to convey his message to Asia Bibi saying that he is praying for her,” the report said.

“I received the pope’s gift with devotion and gratitude,” she said.

“International awareness of my case is fundamental for me. It is thanks to this that I am still alive.”

The visit with the pope happened in conjunction an initiative in which the Colosseum in Rome was lit in red as an expression of solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world.

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