Friday, August 29, 2008

NUCF Condemns Violence In Orrisa

Subject: Christian organizations call for national shut-down
National United Christian Forum
( CBCI , NCCI and EFI Churches )
Archbishop’s House, 1 Ashok Place , New Delhi – 110001
NUCF condemns the violence in Orissa
National United Christian Forum (NUCF) denounces the communal violence that has erupted over the gruesome murder of a VHP leader and four others in Kandhamal district allegedly by Maoist groups. While condemning the dastardly act of murder we appeal to one and all to maintain communal harmony and peace.
The Christians were not at all involved in the incident. Nevertheless, there have been already over forty five instances of violence, including the burning alive of at least five persons and over three hundred homes in Rupagaon, Kandhamal.
Appealing to the Christian community, Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao, President NUCF, said, “As a mark of our solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters and as a protest against all acts of communal violence and atrocities on the Christian community and other innocent people we request all our Christian schools, colleges and other educational institutions to be closed on Friday, August 29, 2008, and we wish that everywhere peaceful marches/rallies be conducted with black flags’ demonstration in a truly prayerful spirit.”
We also declare Sunday, September 7, 2008 as a Day of Prayer and Fasting and we hope that all our dioceses, our churches, parish communities and all church institutions/organizations will hold prayer services and memorial gatherings on this day, highlighting the need for our solidarity with all the victims and pray for all our Missionaries in India, who are facing most trying and difficult times for the sake of the Gospel.”
We appeal to the Central and State governments to take strong measures to curb violence caused by any group in the country and urge all political, social and religious organizations to desist from spreading communal hated which has already taken a heavy toll in our country.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
Secretary Evangelical Fellowship of India

1 comment:

Bootsie D'Acosta said...

Blessings my dear. My heart walks with you and your family.
Love always The D'Acosta Family