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English bishop expresses ‘deep sadness’ at murder of Shahbaz Bhatti

By on Friday, 4 March 2011

Bishop Declan Lang (Mazur/

Bishop Declan Lang (Mazur/

Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton has expressed his “deep sadness” at the murder of Pakistan’s minister for minority affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti.

Writing to Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha, Bishop Lang, chairman of the bishops’ international affairs department, said: “Minister Bhatti’s life was marked by a courageous commitment to working for the poorest and most vulnerable of Pakistan’s people. His deep faith and determination in the face of violence will remain as an example for all of us.”

Bishop Lang said the assassination “will be felt deeply not only by his family but also by the entire Christian community as well as people of goodwill from all faiths”.

Representing the bishops of England and Wales, Bishop Lang assured Archbishop Saldanha “that the Catholic community in our country is united with you and the Christians of Pakistan in prayer and solidarity”.

  • Anonymous

    The best thing the Bishops’ Conference can do to prove their solidarity with all persecuted Christians is to bear witness to the Faith in this country more than they are at present – to truly be the salt of the earth. If Mr Bhatti can do so even unto death – surely we – who have so little to lose – can do something here to prove his death was not in vain?

  • Anonymous

    My tribute to Batti in my blog written in Portuguese:

    May god give me Batti’s courage.

  • Dcruz

    The English Bishops and all the bishops around the world express their sadness at the assination of Minister Martyr Shabaz Bhatti but yet they go all out to help the muslims and neglect the christians. This makes me wonder why this is done when there is no thanks in return.