Sri Lanka, bishops and faithful fasting for religious freedom in the country
ICC Note: Call for fasting and prayer for Sri Lanka to stop the anti-conversion bill.
by Melani Manel Perera
3/21/09 Colombo, Sri Lanka (AsiaNews) - The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka (CBCSL) proclaims a national day of fasting, abstinence, and prayer for next April 3. In conjunction with the Friday of Passion Week, ahead of Easter, the bishops intend to call attention back to the possible passage of the anti-conversion bill, proposed by the Buddhist monks in the country and awaiting vote in parliament.
The bishops are issuing an appeal to all priests, religious and laity, asking them to present a united front at a difficult time in the nation's history. The bishops call for "divine intervention" to bring "harmony through reconciliation" among all citizens, and spare "the beloved country of another conflict among adherents of different faiths and religions," caused by the possible approval of the "anti-conversion bill." ... [Go To Full Story]