Anto Akkara

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Anto Akkara writes for Ecumenical News International.

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September 4, 2012

[Ecumenical News International] Church officials and Christian activists in Pakistan said they were encouraged by the arrest of a Muslim cleric on charges of framing an illiterate Christian teenager on blasphemy charges. “This is a...

July 31, 2012

[Ecumenical News International, Bangalore, India] Church leaders in India’s southern Karnataka state have joined secular groups in criticizing the state government’s decision to give 170 million rupees (US$3 million) to Hindu...

April 25, 2012

[Ecumenical News International – Bangalore, India] The quadrennial general assembly of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) began on April 25 with an opening worship that contained unusually strong expressions of opinion...

February 3, 2012

[Ecumenical News International] A diocese of the Church of South India (CSI) is preparing an appeal against a court order that has virtually stripped it of more than half its churches and institutions, inherited from the Basel Mission...

January 24, 2012

[Ecumenical News International] Churches in India have decried the verdict of an Islamic court in Kashmir that ordered the expulsion of Christians, including a Protestant pastor and a Dutch Catholic missionary, and recommended government...

September 22, 2011

A pastor's wife was killed and churches and schools destroyed in the Sept. 18 earthquake that killed more than 100 people in several countries in the Himalaya mountains north of India. Among the six dozen dead in the Indian state...

October 19, 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has led celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the Church of North India, which was formed by six Protestant denominations, including Anglicans, in 1970. At the end of a three-hour Oct. 15...

October 19, 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has deplored attempts by governments in Europe to prohibit Muslim women from publicly wearing the burqa, a garment that covers the entire body. "Governments should have better things to do than...

October 11, 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has begun a 16-day visit to India by paying tribute to Mother Teresa at her tomb in Kolkata, the north eastern city once known as Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal state. "The Archbishop of...

September 23, 2010

Church leaders in charge of the tiny Christian community in India's troubled Kashmir region have thanked the government for protecting them during recent violent protests. More than 25 protesters were killed and many more injured when...

September 14, 2010

Churches in India are asking for support after Christian institutions became the target of violent protests linked to the reported desecration of a copy of the Quran in the United States. At least 16 people were killed and more than 60...

September 1, 2010

Churches in India have welcomed the government in Delhi's decision to withdraw its permission for a mining project of the Vedanta group in the remote tribal areas of eastern Orissa state that stirred controversy. "The decision of...

August 9, 2010

Churches throughout India have been urged to hoist black flags on Aug. 10 to protest against continued discrimination faced by Christian Dalits, people from low castes treated as untouchables. The protest marks the 60th anniversary of the...

May 19, 2010

Church leaders in south India say the alleged involvement of a number of clerics in criminal activities shows corruption needs urgent attention in the church. "We are making wrong headlines. This is not how our leaders should be...

March 17, 2010

Churches in India are calling for equality and justice for discriminated and marginalized communities in a Lenten campaign that has started in the world's second most populous nation. It has a message that cites the words of Jesus in...

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