Akash Bashir- a 20 year old- who saved more than 1,000 Catholics with his bravery has been named a servant of God. Bashir died on March 15, 2015, when suicide bombers attacked St. John’s Catholic Church and Christ Church of the Church of Pakistan. Bashir had tried to block the suicide bombers and doing so, lost his life but saved many.
Nearly seven years later, on Jan. 31, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore announced that the Vatican accepted Akash Bashir as a Servant of God, the title given to a candidate for the sainthood while his or her life and work is closely examined.
Terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA) later claimed the attacks that killed 17 people and injured more than 70.
Those numbers might have been greater if Bashir had not guarded St. John’s Catholic Church.