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12.05.05 07:25 Age: 7 yrs

Church peacemakers meeting at military resort

Greek hosts known for harsh treatment of conscientious objectors

ATHENS, Greece (ENI) — A global church gathering on reconciliation is meeting at an army holiday resort in Greece, a country Amnesty International has criticized for its harsh treatment of conscientious objectors. But a prominent Christian campaigner for non-violence is happy about the choice.

"It's not for the churches to turn away and close their eyes, it is the mission of the church to be in the world and witness there," said Fernando Enns, a Mennonite theologian from Germany who has been involved in the Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010) project of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

"Maybe this is the best way we can use military sites," Enns told journalists after making a presentation on the anti-violence decade during the WCC-organized Conference on World Mission and Evangelism.