Anto Akkara

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Anto Akkara writes for Ecumenical News International.

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December 19, 2008

Church leaders in Sri Lanka say they are disappointed by the government rejecting their call for a Christmas truce in the country's continuing civil war. "This is really frustrating," Anglican Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe...

December 17, 2008

India's Bharatiya Janata Party, accused by opponents of pursuing a Hindu nationalist agenda, has swept to victory in Madhya Pradesh state, but leaders of the minuscule Christian community there say they have reason to rejoice. The BJP...

December 1, 2008

Christians in India's troubled Orissa state have welcomed an announcement of compensation for places of worship damaged in recent communal violence but have criticized the state government's refusal to postpone a municipal election...

November 28, 2008

The National Council of Churches in India plus global church leaders have condemned the coordinated attacks in Mumbai, which have left more than 170 people dead. The Indian council on November 27 urged action to defeat "all forces...

October 15, 2008

Churches in Sri Lanka say they are "deeply perturbed by the humanitarian crisis in the country" that coincides with an all-out offensive by government forces to capture remaining areas under the control of ethnic Tamil rebels....

October 3, 2008

Christians and secular groups in India have commemorated the October 2 anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, but attacks against Christians continued on a day that marks the Indian independence campaigner's message of non-...

September 4, 2008

Christian groups have expressed dismay at attempts by the government of India's southern Karnataka state to take action against hundreds of church educational institutions after they closed for a day to protest ongoing violence against...

August 28, 2008

Churches in India are to close about 30,000 of their educational institutions across the country on August 29 to protest against continuing attacks by mobs of Hindus in the country's eastern state of Orissa and which Indian Prime...

July 28, 2008

Christian groups in India have deplored a series of more than 20 bomb blasts that killed at least 50 people in western Gujarat and southern Karnataka states, and are said to have been carried out in the name of religion. Forty-nine people...

July 10, 2008

A Sri Lankan bishop has spoken out against assaults and harassment of media personnel in Sri Lanka, which critics say are linked to an action by the country's armed forces to finally rout Tamil rebels from what is seen as their last...

June 23, 2008

The tiny Christian community in Pakistan's troubled North West Frontier Province is living in terror, says a Pakistan church leader, despite the safe release of 16 Christians kidnapped by a suspected Islamic militia group.  ...

May 14, 2008

Churches in India have joined in widespread condemnation of a series of bomb blasts in Jaipur, the capital of the country's western desert state of Rajasthan, in which 65 people were killed and more than 200 were injured.  ...

May 12, 2008

The National Council of Churches in India has joined the battle to turn green by calling for Christians to mobilize in the world's second most populous nation, and to join in the fight against global warming. "We urge all member...

April 7, 2008

Churches in Sri Lanka have deplored the killing of government minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, a Roman Catholic, in a bomb blast at a sports event near Colombo.   "A sporting event planned to build community ended with an...

March 14, 2008

Churches in Sri Lanka have urged the government to set up urgently a constitutional council which they say is mandatory under Sri Lankan law. The call by the church and civil society groups coincides with government forces going all-out to...

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