November 7, 2014

Embracing Life

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Jesus)

Shahzad Masih and Shamma Bibi  and child

Shamma Bibi, Shahzad Masih and child

Our dear friend, Fr. Benjamin Shazad, sent this email to us yesterday. Fr. Ben is running the major seminary in Karachi, Pakistan. He met my aunt and cousins in line to meet Pope Benedict years ago, and ever since then, he visits our family each summer while raising funds in America for his seminarians. Please pray!

 My dear friends,

With great pain, I would like to share with you the continues suffering of our people in Pakistan and ask for your prayerful support. A young Christian couple from Lahore, named Shahzad, 28 years old  and his wife Shama, 25 years were burnt alive to death by a mob of angry Muslims.

They had falsely  accused husband and wife under blasphemy law saying that the couple has burnt the pages of the Holy Book, Qur’an. The clerics made announcements through the mosque’s amplifiers and instigated the Muslims to kill the couple. They were able to gather a hug mob, who thrashed the couple before dragging them to the kiln where the owner and his companions, allegedly removed a lid from one of the openings of the furnace and threw the couple into it and were burnt alive.

For the Rest of the Story Continue Reading at: Fr. Ben: Mob Burns Christian Couple Alive in Brick Kiln: No Police Action – 3 Children Left Behind |


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About Kathy Schneeman

After graduating from The College of St. Thomas, I taught at Nativity in St. Paul until our oldest was just about born in the classroom (What a great lesson on life that would have been for my students!) I then became a stay-at-home-mom while teaching religious education classes and working very part time at UST. Recently, I served as the Archdiocese's Life Coordinator in the Office for Marriage, Family and Life until twins arrived (I was almost 43!) When I have a few minutes of quiet time, I like to run, eat chocolates, scones and Mexican food (that's why I run), read, and have a beverage with my husband at night. We have a whopping nine kids (yes...same husband and same wife; we get that question a lot!) and we attend St. Joseph's in West St. Paul--where we first met when we were in grade school.

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