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Pakistani Christians shower rose petals on the casket of Shahbaz Bhatti earlier today (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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

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

Archbishop Warda (courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need)

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

A girl walks on top of an army tank in Tahrir Square, Cairo (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

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

Baroness Ashton, EU foreign policy chief (Photo: PA)

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

Egypt's ambassador Lamia Aly Hamada Mekhemar presents her credentials to the Pope in 2008 (Photo: CNS)

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

Egyptian Muslims and Christians in Cairo protest against the bombing of a Coptic church in Alexandria (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali)

The Catholic Herald predicts the big stories of 2011

A Lebanese woman lights a candle at a vigil in Beirut following the massacre in Baghdad on Sunday (Photo: PA)

Or should they stay, with extra support from the west?

Mourners gather on the street as coffins arrive for a funeral Mass in Baghdad (Photo: PA)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols says his thoughts and prayers are with all those Iraqis struggling against violence and extremism