Pope calls on world to keep Christians safe


Pope Benedict has asked governments to do more to ensure Christians can practice their faith without discrimination or violence.

He also called on Pakistan to repeal its anti-blasphemy laws.

Pope Benedict used his annual address to ambassadors to the Holy See to lobby for religious freedoms for Christians living in majority-Muslim countries.

Citing the recent attack on a Coptic Church in Egypt and the 46 people killed at a church in Iraq, the pontiff insisted Christians deserve to have their safety and civil rights protected.

In a rare move, he used his platform to demand that Pakistan change its blasphemy laws, which carry the death sentence for insulting Islam.

He said the laws were a pretext for violence against non-Muslims. ABC