Anto Akkara

Anto Akkara

Anto Akkara is a journalist writing from Bangalore, India. He is a regular correspondent with the National Catholic Register. Besides international reporting, Akkara has written books and produced documentaries telling the stories of the martyrs of Kandhamal. He has recieved the St. Titus Brandsma Award for journalism.

Articles by Anto Akkara

Vatican puts 35 Catholic ‘martyrs of Kandhamal’ in India on road to sainthood

Oct 26, 2023 / 13:05 pm

The Christians were killed in the 2008 Christian persecution that took place in the remote jungle district of the eastern Odisha state.

Church in India celebrates two recent Supreme Court verdicts 

Oct 19, 2023 / 11:00 am

The cases, involving abortion rights and gay marriage, came down within the same 24-hour period.

Thousands mourn Indian Cardinal Telesphore Toppo at funeral Mass

Oct 11, 2023 / 15:00 pm

Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo, Asia’s first tribal cardinal who died on Oct. 4, was remembered for his humility, simplicity, and care for the poor.

Indian priest who joined Hindu nationalist party relieved of duties by bishop  

Oct 4, 2023 / 13:45 pm

The priest’s action took place at a time of rising persecution of Christians in India.

India’s Christian rights network not hopeful after meeting with minorities commission

Sep 26, 2023 / 17:30 pm

“While the positive is that there is some conversation, I do not set hopes very high,” said John Dayal, an outspoken Catholic activist.

India’s Modi government invites Christian rights watchdog to discuss concerns 

Sep 15, 2023 / 15:40 pm

The head of the Christian human rights group had written to the prime minister’s office about three major grievances.

Mother Teresa is ‘teacher of love’ says Kolkata archbishop on anniversary of saint’s death

Sep 6, 2023 / 09:57 am

The feast of St. Teresa of Kolkata was celebrated by Catholics and non-Catholics alike with Mass, prayers, tributes, and visits to her tomb throughout the day.

On Indian Independence Day, bishops reiterate Christians’ patriotism

Aug 16, 2023 / 13:30 pm

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India also called for “resolving internal challenges with empathy, understanding, and unity.”

Hindu nationalists demand arrest of Catholic priest in India for saying king was not a god

Aug 9, 2023 / 12:35 pm

Hindu groups had staged demonstrations in front of the police station calling for criminal charges to be brought against Father Bolmax Pereira.