Monday, October 11, 2010

Archbishop Williams 'concerned' over violence against Christians

From Christian Post-

The head of the Anglican Communion worldwide has expressed concern over the increase in violence against Christian minorities in the country.

On his visit to Kolkatta on Saturday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said he would speak with leaders of other religious communities urging them to shun violence and promote peace.

“I am as concerned about the attacks on Christians as I would have been about attacks on people of other communities," the archbishop said while interacting to mediapersons.

He said the attacks were contrary to India as a "civilisation, culture and a modern state".

Archbishop Williams is on a 16-day visit for the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Church of North India (CNI).

In Kolkatta, the archbishop spoke at a felicitation given to him by the Church of North India which was attended by Governor MK Narayanan, railway minister Mamata Banerjee, Archbishop of Kolkata Ashoke Biswas and British deputy high commissioner Sanjay Wadhwan.

“Since long I have wished to visit Calcutta after having known of its history. As a student I remember being inspired by the work for the poor here,” he said.

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