KOCHI: The Asian regional conference of W.C.C came to an end. In the conference held at Edathala Santhigiri Ashram near Aluva thirty representatives from 20 countries participated.
The conference expressed deep concern over the increasing violence against children. It was decided to take special care about those affected with H. I.V. Their rights will be protected and attempts for conscientisation will be held at church level. W. C. C will give leadership to the activities for safeguarding religions harmony , fraternity and creating awareness among the people about the danger of racial and communal riots. The meeting exhorted everyone to participate in the struggle for justice and world peace.
The conference was inaugurated on November 11 by Zechariahs Mar Theophilus, a member of the executive committee of W. C. C and presided over by Dr. Mathew George Chunakkara, the Asian secretary of W. C.C.
The concluding session was inaugurated by the Marthoma Metropolitan Dr. Philipose Mar Crysostom and was presided over by the Metropolitan Dr. Joseph Mar Irenaeus who is the President of the Christian Conference of Asia. The speakers were the Sree lankan Bishop Dileep D. Chikera, Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Theophilus, Fr. Dr. K. M. George, Chairman of the Program Committee of W.C.C, and Dr. Mathew George Chunakkara.