“Attacks on innocent people that mostly affect women and children are a heinous crime” said Dr Mathews George Chunakara, General Secretary, CCA in reaction to the news of a suicide bomber killing more than 70 people and injuring 300 others at the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore on the Easter Sunday. Read More
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) shares the concerns expressed by the North and South Korean church leaders about the revisions to the “Guidelines for US-Japan Defense Cooperation” which will be a threat to peace and security in East Asia.
9 July 2015
The Christian Conference of Asia is shocked at the news of the rape of a 47-year-old Nun from Kerala, belonging to the Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, on 19 June 2015 by two unidentified men in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India. It was equally shocking to hear that she was discovered the next morning gagged and tied to her bed at the medical center in which she serves. The medical center “Khrist Sahay Kendra” (Christ help center) has been functioning in the area for the last 60 years.
The CCA family is shocked and saddened to learn of yet another tragic and brutal incident of harassment and murder under the Blasphemy law. We are dismayed to hear that the young Christian couple accused of desecrating the Holy Quran, was beaten and then burned to death by a mob in a small Pakistani village in Punjab province. As per news reports, though the couple had locked themselves in a room, the mob broke open the door, beat them up and pulled their bodies to a nearby kiln where they were burnt.
It is of some comfort to know that the local police have arrested 45 people in connection with the attack and that a case had been filed under multiple sections of Pakistan’s Penal Code, including murder and attacking police officials.
“We are shocked to hear about the torching of more than a hundred homes in a Christian enclave of the Pakistani city of Lahore. We deeply share the pain and agony of the families affected by this tragic incident and the fears caused to many people especially the ‘minority’ communities. May God comfort the families who have lost their homes, especially the Christians who suffered because of the faith that they stand for and hold dearly in their hearts. We pray that the spirit of God will continue to strengthen the churches in Pakistan in witnessing the love of Christ which is beyond human understanding and which reaches out beyond humanly-created walls and borders.
The Member Churches and
National Council of Churches in Pakistan
Greetings of Peace!
It is with great shock and disbelief that we received the news about Rimsha, a Christian girl with Down syndrome, in Pakistan, who may be punished by death after she was seen holding burning pages of the Quran. We are also dismayed that she has been arrested under the blasphemy law in Pakistan, which states that defaming Islam is a capital offence. The news reached us during the Asian Church Leaders Theological Conference, convened by the CCA, at Hsinchu city in Taipei from 22 – 27 August 2012. All the 56 participants are equally distressed about this news, have prayed with deep concern and convey feelings of solidarity to all the Christians in Pakistan.
04 April 2011
His Excellency, Asif Ali Zardari
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
We bring you greetings and blessings from the General Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), a regional ecumenical organization representing a 100 member churches and 16 National Councils of Churches in 22 Asian countries.
We were shocked and deeply saddened by the assassination of Mr. Shabhaz Bhatti, Minister for Minority Affairs and the only Christian Member of Parliament in the Pakistan Government.
CCA has also received information regarding the killing of two and wounding of Christians after Muslim youths allegedly attacked them outside a church building in Hyderabad last 22 March 2011.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in the CCA Member Churches and Councils:
We, Members of the General Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia, write to you from our second meeting in Chiang Mai, this 7th to 9th of March 2011, to affirm the mandate, recommendations and the proposed programs coming from the 13th CCA Assembly held in Kuala Lumpur in April 2010.
We listened to stories from communities suffering from the impact of emergencies, the violation of people’s rights, freedom of expression and the practice of religion, along with poverty, lack of access to employment and other provisions necessary for decent living for people created in God’s image.
We continue to discern God’s leading as we hear people’s cries and are challenged by the need to accompany them and our Member Churches and Councils as we minister together in our region of Asia.
In this meeting of the CCA General Committee, we have listened and reflected on urgent ecumenical issues and challenges before us –
2 October 2009
Mr. Victor Azariah
National Council of Churches in Pakistan
P.O. Box 357
Lahore 54000, Pakistan
Dear Mr. Azariah:
In the just-concluded Meeting of the General Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia, concerns have been raised on the continuing violence in Pakistan.
In August, CCA received information on the killing of Christians in Central Punjab Province. The Christians who have been killed and the families whose houses have been burned based on false accusation of desecrating the Quran; with the perpetrators using the Blasphemy Laws against the Christian community is a high price that Pakistani Christians continue to pay in the name of the so-called blasphemy.
The killings and burning of places of worship have continued and the Christians continue to suffer the brutality and displacement resulting from the violence in the northern region of Pakistan.
30 August 2011
Dr. Kali Bahadur Rokaya
National Council of Churches of Nepal
PO Box 4875
Dear Dr. Rokaya:
This message comes with our greetings and felicitations from the Christian Conference of Asia to you as one of its Presidents.
You have called our attention that the last day for the drafting of the Constitution of Nepal, the repository of laws of governance and the rights of the people of Nepal is tomorrow, 31st August 2011.
The Christian Conference of Asia, its General Committee, member Churches and Councils join me in offering our prayers that God will guide those who were entrusted by the state to work on a Nepalese Constitution which enshrines the rights and obligations of the people of Nepal in their exercise of good citizenship.
The Christian Conference of Asia gathered in Jakarta for its 14th Assembly from May 20th to May 27th 2015. The Assembly invites us all to affirm that we are ‘Living Together in the Household of God’. We listen to each other, share our burdens and struggles, celebrate our joys and give voice to our concerns.
The delegates of the churches councils of Asia present these concerns and issues to the Assembly. We outline them on behalf of those who approached the committee and wanted these particular issues to be taken seriously by the CCA in its program planning and by the CCA members.
This is not an exhaustive or complete listing of the issues being faced in Asia today. These matters are the concerns of our hearts and point to the reality that not all people live in the joy and justice of the Household of God. We claim our prophetic voice as the member churches and councils of CCA. We must not be silent. God calls us to listen, watch and speak and so be responsive to the concerns that follow and those that will come to our attention in the future.
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