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Anglican leader visits Pakistan amid Christian concerns

Archbishop of Cantebury Justin Welby speaks during a press conference at the State House in Juba on January 30, 2014Lahore (Pakistan) (AFP) – The Archbishop of Canterbury met church leaders in Pakistan Tuesday as he began a visit that comes amid concerns about the plight of the country’s beleaguered Christian minority. Justin Welby, the leader of the world’s Anglicans, will meet Muslim leaders and senior government officials during his stay, part of a week-long tour that will also take in India and Bangladesh. Christians are a small minority in Pakistan, where 97 percent of the 180 million population are Muslims, and most are poor and working in menial jobs. Christians are also frequently on the receiving end of allegations under Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, which can carry the death penalty.

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