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Church leaders call for united voice

Inter-denominational agreement that solidairty can fight against attacks on Christians

Church leaders call for united voice
Church leaders attending the meeting
Francis Rodrigues, Mangalore

April 28, 2011

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Church leaders from various denominations in Karnataka vowed to unite against anti-Christian attacks in the southern state. “Disunity would make us more [vulnerable] to attacks. So let us remain united and connected always,” said Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza of Mangalore The prelate was speaking yesterday at a meeting of Christian leaders in Mangalore. Nearly 60 church leaders attended the meeting, organized by the Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights (KUFHR), which was established in 2008. “We need not wait again for the pro-Hindu groups to attack. Rather let us positively remain connected and united always through different means and ways,” said Bishop Yakoob of Bramhavar Orthodox diocese. Pastor Walter Maben, president of Karnataka Mission Network, an association of 27 Pentecostal sects in the state, said that all Churches should compile an ecumenical directory for better knowledge and communication. “Till then, let us exchange the directories that we have of individual Churches,” he added. Pentecostal pastor Jodson urged Christians not to become over-emotional and over-reactive in times of attacks. Bishop D’Souza and Bishop Yakoob were elected KUFHR president and vice president respectively at the event. Karnataka, which is ruled by pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian people’s party), witnessed a number of anti-Christian attacks since 2008. Three charitable homes for children run by Christians were attacked this month. Related reports Christians attacked again in Karnataka Christians form forum to promote political awareness in Karnataka state IB14020
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