VATICAN: Asia Bibi accused and convicted of blasphemy has written to Pope Francis saying; only God can liberate her.
According to an editorial set forth during the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines News Service (CBCP News), Asia Bibi in her letter to Pope Francis said: I also hope that every Christian has been able to celebrate the Christmas just past with joy. Like many other prisoners, I also celebrated the birth of the Lord in prison in Multan, here in Pakistan.
She continued: only God will be able to free me and made a point of thanking the ‘Renaissance Education Foundation” that helped make her “dream come true” to live Christmas with her husband and children by bringing them to Multan. “I would have liked to be in St. Peter’s for Christmas to pray with you but I trust in God’s plan for me and hopefully it will be achieved next year,” she wrote.
Asia Bibi, a convict of blasphemy who has been sentenced to capital punishment is awaiting the wrapping up of appeal against death sentence as her ordeal of about four and a half years without trial, continues.
“I am very grateful to all the churches that are praying for me and fighting for my freedom. I do not know how long I can go on and on. If I am still alive, it is thanks to the strength that your prayers give me. I have met many people who speak and fight for me. Unfortunately still to no avail. At this time I just want to trust the mercy of God, who can do everything, that all is possible. Only He can liberate me,” she wrote.
In her letter, Asia Bibi also expressed gratitude to all the people who advocate her cause and raise funds for her. She then went on to talk about her every day sufferings saying: This winter I am facing many problems; my cell has no heating and no suitable door for shelter from the bitter cold. CBCP News further added: she told the Pope that “the security measures are not adequate, I do not have enough money for daily needs, and I am very far from Lahore so my family cannot help me.” She concluded the letter by asking Pope Francis to accept her best wishes for the New Year saying: I know you pray for me with all your heart. And this gives me confidence that one day my freedom will be possible. Certain to be remembered in your prayers, I greet you with affection. Asia Bibi, your daughter in the faith.