Asia Bibi was arrested on blasphemy charges in 2009 after she was accuse by fellow Muslim women of contaminating local water by drinking it and then offending their prophet Muhammad. She was sentenced to death the following year.
While speaking about here Pope Benedict XVI said “In these days the international community is following with deep concern the difficult situation of Christians in Pakistan who are often victims of violence or discrimination. Today I express my spiritual closeness to Ms. Asia Bibi and her relatives in particular, while I ask that full freedom be restored to her as soon as possible. I also pray for all those in similar situations, so that their human dignity and fundamental rights may be fully respected.”
The Lahore High Court is now hearing the appeal of Asia Bibi for her sentence to death on charges of blasphemy.