Anto Akkara

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Anto Akkara writes for Ecumenical News International.

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February 22, 2008

Churches in Pakistan have hailed the victory of the opposition parties that routed the ruling party owing allegiance to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf who had captured power in a bloodless coup in 1999.   "People wanted a...

February 6, 2008

Church leaders in Sri Lanka have repeated demands for a "peace zone" around the popular Roman Catholic shrine at Madhu near Mannar in the north of the country after an anti-personnel mine killed 18 Catholics and injured many more...

January 24, 2008

Peace and aid advocacy groups in Sri Lanka, including those linked to churches, have deplored the portrayal of United Nations agencies and international relief groups as agents of Tamil rebels. "This is a clear attempt to undermine...

January 9, 2008

National church bodies in India have demanded access to the troubled Kandhamal region of Orissa state to distribute relief and visit the families affected by a recent outbreak of violence said to be aimed at Christians. "We are...

January 4, 2008

Christian groups and churches are demanding urgent protection, saying they have been hounded by Hindu extremists in Indian's eastern state of Orissa, with reports of nine people being killed in attacks since Christmas. "...

January 3, 2008

Churches in Pakistan have condemned the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto while appealing for international help in eradicating terrorism in their country. "We earnestly appeal to the national and global...

November 29, 2007

In an unprecedented protest, more than 30 bishops joined scores of priests, nuns and church activists in a sit-in near the Indian parliament in New Delhi to demand an end to the decades-old discrimination against Christian Dalits....

October 19, 2007

Churches in Pakistan have joined in the widespread condemnation of the bomb blasts that killed more than 130 people and injured hundreds among the crowds that had thronged the streets to welcome former prime minister Benazir Bhutto home...

September 26, 2007

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the Church of South India has raised the equivalent of US$1 million for social projects, after most of its four million members each contributed at least 10 rupees, or 25 US cents, towards a special...

August 21, 2007

An international interfaith conference on HIV/AIDS has called on religious leaders to use their places of worship, and educational and health facilities to help in the fight against HIV and AIDS. "We acknowledge that we have not...

August 20, 2007

An Anglican priest and senior leader in Sri Lanka's National Christian Council says that even the churches in this conflict-ridden country are ethnically divided, and need "to break down the walls of separation." So, he has...

August 17, 2007

The buildings of Christ Church along Jaffna's main road stand pock-marked by shell holes, as a grim reminder of the many pitched battles fought between Tamil rebels and Sri Lankan forces in this Tamil heartland on the northern fringe...

August 15, 2007

India celebrates 60 years of independence with its economy booming, but the country's churches have called on the world's largest democracy to pay greater attention to eradicating poverty, a stand that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh...

August 6, 2007

An Indian church worker, who recently returned from a visit to Afghanistan, says that the expatriate Christian community there should present a "more inclusive Jesus" in the war-ravaged nation. "I was shocked by the...

July 30, 2007

Anglican Bishop Duleep Chickera of Colombo has deplored a Sri Lankan government directive for schools to hold special celebrations for the victory over Tamil rebels in the troubled east of the country.   "The indoctrination of...

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