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Pope Francis blesses Meriam Ibrahim yesterday (via @bettapique)

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Nicolas Maduro meets Church leaders in this 2013 file photograph (AP)

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The south-east wing of the Mater Hospital in Dublin (Haydn West/PA Wire)

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An England cricketer walks off the pitch as Pakistan's team celebrates (AP)

Breaking off sporting links with Pakistan would signal our displeasure at the way it treats minorities

Rimsha Masih is escorted to a helicopter (PA photo)

The mood in Pakistan is supportive of her. The government must not lose this opportunity to address the misuse of blasphemy laws

Protesters call for the release of Asia Bibi in Lahore in 2010 (CNS)

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Three daughters of Asia Bibi hold a photo of their mother outside their home in the Punjab  (CNS photo)

Asia Bibi became the most reviled figure in Pakistan when she was falsely accused of blasphemy three years ago, says Hal St John

Widdecombe: 'Hedgehogs are better represented in Parliament than Christians' (PA photo)

Ann Widdecombe is to accuse Government of double standards over persecution of Christians and gay people abroad

People carry the coffin of the murdered Catholic politician Shahbaz Bhatti after a funeral Mass in Islamabad, Pakistan (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

But the chances for reform of the Pakistani blasphemy laws are now looking slim

Shahbaz Bhatti pictured in Washington DC in 2009 (Photo: CNS)

Shahbaz Bhatti, the first Christian to hold a cabinet post in Pakistan, vows to continue opposing blasphemy law despite threats