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Cardinal Tauran speaks at the UN headquarters in New York in 2008 (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/11/14

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Women touch the coffin of a man killed in the Peshawar attack (AP)

Our Government deplores attacks on Christians but continues to support governments that make them possible

Shahbaz Bhatti pictured at the US bishops' conference headquarters in Washington (Photo: CNS)

Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minorities, had received death threats from extremists but refused to stop speaking out

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

Pope Benedict XVI pictured during an audience with ambassadors today (AP Photo/Alessia Pierdomenico, Pool)

In state of the world address Pope Benedict says threats to religious freedom abound, even in the west

Protesters demand the release of Asia Bibi and an end to Pakistan's blasphemy law (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran made the comment after meeting President Zardari in Pakistan

Pakistani Christians protest against the killing of two Christian brothers accused of blasphemy earlier this year (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Pope Benedict XVI expresses ‘spiritual closeness’ to 37-year-old woman convicted on charges of blasphemy in Pakistan

Pope Benedict XVI asks that the Pakistani government release Asia Bibi and expresses his spiritual closeness to her and her family

Mourners gather around the coffin of Sandy Shabib Zahri, a Christian student murdered in a bomb attack near Mosul, Iraq (AP Photo)

COMECE urges EU foreign ministry to set up a ‘religion unit’ to promote cause of religious freedom more effectively

Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad has urged Christians to remain peaceful (Photo: ACN)

Two brothers charged with distributing anti-Islamic pamphlets are killed as they arrive in court