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Christians from all over Pakistan attend funeral in Kushpur, Faisalabad, while prime minister calls assassinated minister ‘a very rare leader’

Bishop of Clifton says Pakistani minister’s courage and faith is an example for all

The blood of Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti will not be shed in vain

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

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

Archbishop says plans are ‘symbols of hope’ for country’s Christian presence

Former rector of pontifical institute says political atmosphere in Egypt feels like the end of the Ottoman Empire

Catherine Ashton, EU foreign policy chief, says Europe won’t ‘turn a blind eye’ to plight of Middle East Christians

Vatican foreign minister met the ambassador yesterday hours after she was called back to Cairo

The Catholic Herald predicts the big stories of 2011