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Bishop George receives Bharat Gaurav Award 2018

It is a moment great pride for the people of Arunachal Pradesh on 13 April 2018. Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese received the Sixth Bharat Gaurav Life Time Achievement Award at the prestigious House of Commons, British Parliament, London. Reacting to the news, the Director of Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati, Rev. Fr. Johnson said, “Bishop George has made entire North East Region proud with such a singular achievement. He has shown us all by example that success comes with hard work and perseverance.” Bishop George is given this Life Time Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution in the field of education, healthcare, Culture, environment and development of the people of east Arunachal Pradesh for the last 35 years. In a colourful ceremony that was graced by eminent personalities from around the world, including National Award winning Film Director Shri. Madhur Bhandarkar, Bishop George moderated a Seminar on “Rich Indian Culture” prior to the award ceremony. Sanskriti Yuva Sansta, the organizer of the event, made eloquent appreciation for Bishop George. “You are one of the iconic personalities of our nation who always encouraged each and every one to bloom into a next idol of tomorrow. You are the pride of our country and we feel privileged to recognize your contribution with Bharat Gaurav Life Time Achievement Award 2018”, the citation read. Everyone, especially the youth in east Arunachal Pradesh expressed their joy. “Congratulations, dear Bishop, for this recognition and thank you for the immense contribution you have done for us”, said Miss Sanli Wangsu, the Youth President of Miao...

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Arunachal Church prays for persecuted Christians during Chrism Mass

In the wake of sharp rise in the number of attacks on Christians across India, the Christians in the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh prayed for the persecuted Christians at the annual Chrism Mass on 22 March at St. Mary’s Church, Roing, Lower Dibang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh.   Drawing the attention of the large gathering of Priests, Nuns and Christians on the recent attack on Pushpa Mission Hospital in Madhya Pradesh, Bishop George of Miao Diocese highlighted the fact that there were many onlookers during the attacks, but no one dared to prevent it. “Our country has come to a difficult phase where peaceful coexistence of its citizens is challenged. We have never seen such divisive and hostile atmosphere in our Independent India”, he said. He requested all to work for peace and promote brotherhood among people of all faith background. Pushpa Mission Hospital, a leading hospital in Madhya Pradesh (MP), was vandalized and the Nuns and staff of the hospital were attacked on 12 March 2018 by goons, putting question mark over the safety of Christians in India.   Leading the Chrism Mass, an annual celebration where the Oils used for the Sacraments are blessed, and praying for the persecuted Christians in India and around the world, Bishop George said we need to remember we all are children of one family called humanity. “Let us stand united during this difficult time and let us not allow any divisive force to destroy the peaceful coexistence of people in our country.” The attack on the Puspha Mission Hospital in central India is the latest in the series of attack on Christians in India. A group of Catholic Priests and Seminarians were targeted by mobs in Satna in MP for carol singing in December 2017 and St. Mary’s College in Vidisha near Satna was under attack in January 2018.   The Christians in Arunachal Pradesh join the Catholic Church in India appealing to the State and Union Government to take appropriate measures to maintain peace in our Country. A repeat of such incidents will make the people lose faith in the present...

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CBCI conducts Work on Effective Use of Social Media in NE Region to counter Fake News

Responding to the challenges of fake news in an era of social media, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in India (CBCI) conducted a two-day workshop on Effective Use of Social Media for the Directors of Social Communication in North East Region on 19-20 March at Inspiration, Guwahati. “There has been a visible absence of Church in Social Communication”, said Dr. Theodore Mascarenhas, the General Secretary of the CBCI. Inaugurating the event, Bishop Mascherenas stressed the fact that due to lack of social media communication the voice of the Church is not heard most often and people take advantage of this to portray us in negative light without our knowledge. “North East India is a very important Region and our effective use of Social Media should help us to protect and promote the secular values and the unique identity of the people of this region”, he told the 20 delegates from across North East India. Mr. Kushal Neogy, Sub-regional Director Partnership for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for South Asia, explained to the participants the existing challenges of social communication. “We need to be more active and up-to-date on our social communication as Church body to be more visible and help our voice heard”, he said. Hosting the event, Rev. Fr. Amal Raj, the Deputy Secretary for the Bishops in North East Region, welcomed the Resource persons and all the delegates to the workshop and thanked Bishop Mascarenhas for organizing the event for the Directors of Social Communication in North East India. In the midst of the fake news all around, such workshop is a good start to counter fake news and to make our voices heard through social media, said Sr. Euginia FMA, a delegate from...

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Arunachal villagers walk for peace in the world

People in a remote corner of Arunachal Pradesh made a pilgrimage to Christ the Light Shrine, Miao on 10 March praying for peace in the World. Around 300 people between the age group of 7 and 70 walked from Neotan, a small village in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh, to Miao covering a distance of around 16 Kilometers. The walk was aimed at praying for peace in the World, in India and in Arunachal. “The world needs peace more than ever”, said Fr. Felix Anthony organizing the event. “Our walk today is a response to Pope Francis’ call for prayer for peace in the world especially in the Middle East, South Sudan and Uganda, regions that have seen unprecedented violence and killing.” On Friday 9 March, Pope Francis initiated the fifth edition of “24 Hours for the Lord” event to organize all the people across the world to spend a day in prayer to pray for personal peace and for the peace in the world. The Mossang sub-tribe of Tangsas of Neotan village responded to this call of PopeFrancis by organizing Adoration and Confession in their village on 9 March and concluded the day with pilgrimage to Christ the Light Shrine, the Cathedral Church of Miao Diocese on 10. The 15.4 KMs walk began at 5am and the pilgrim reached Miao at 9.30 am. Bishop George Pallipparambil SDB, the Bishop of Miao Diocese, appreciated the people for responding to the call of the Holy Father and for giving a visible expression of their response by walking a long distance. “What you have done is a concrete expression of your faith. By holding a Cross each and taking every step with a prayer for peace on your lips, you have walked your faith today. I join with you all for praying for peace in the world”, he told the pilgrims. The pilgrims covered the distance with 27,351 steps. The people, though tired, expressed happiness at the end of the Pilgrimage. “We know we cannot solve all the problems but God can. We hope God will have mercy on us and on the whole world and that there will be peace in every heart and every corner of the world”, said Mr. Chomjung Mossang, the village leader from Neotan. The pilgrimage concluded with the pilgrims making Way of the Cross at the life-size Stations of the Cross erected around the...

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Deputy CM of Arunachal hails Catholic Education at College Graduation

Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh hailed the contribution of Catholic education in Arunachal Pradesh at the first graduation ceremony of Venerable Uktara Bethany College (VUBC), Namsai on 3 March 2018. Shri. Chowna Mein, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, who was the Chief Guest at the graduation ceremony of VUBC, the first Christian college in east Arunachal Pradesh, paid glowing tributes to the catholic education in North East India, particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. “Standing here today, I am reminded of my days at Don Bosco School, Guwahati”, he said. “All that I am today, I owe it to the Fathers and brothers at my school.” Reminiscing his long association with the catholic education, he highlighted the fact the catholic institutions are Trust that render yeomen service without looking for profit and without much support from the Government. Appreciating the first batch of graduates from VUBC, Shri. Mein recollected the difficulties he had faced to complete his education due to lack of transport facilities and good educational institutions around. “You are so lucky to have graduated from this college. Good educational institutions have walked right into your doorsteps. We had to travel by mules and boats for days to reach our college” he said. The first batch of graduates from VUBC, which had a humble beginning in 2014, has performed remarkably well in the University examinations. Out of 54 graduates, 12 are in the University Top 10 list of Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh, for the Departments of Political Science, History, Commerce and Sociology for the academic year 2016 – 2017. Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese expressed his heartiest appreciation to the students for the outstanding result. “What you have achieved is only one part of your life’s examination. The real result will be based on what you do from here. May you make the society a better place to live in”, he told the graduates. Earlier expressing her gratitude to the college, staff and management, Miss Tojam Mossang, University Topper (Political Science) exhorted the juniors to invest in hardwork for success. Rev. Sr. Joy, the Provincial Superior of the Bethany North East Province and the President of Bethany Educational Trust, Guwahati, also appreciated the graduates during her message and said she and her congregation have a very special love for this college. “Go and be salt and light of the society; add taste and dispel darkness from the life of the people”, she said. The toppers were awarded with certificate of merit and cash awards sponsored by friends of Bethany Educational Trust and Shri. Chou Khouk Manpoong, Ex- MLA of Namsai and the land donor of VUBC. Rev. Sr. Teresa Martis, the Principal of VUBC, expressed her sincere gratitude to all who extended their support to the college in various ways. Shri. Zingnu Namchoom, Hon’ble MLA of Namsai and Parliamentary Secretary, Shri. R. K. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Namsai District, Shri. Bijoy Talukdar, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Namsai, Fr. Felix Anthony, Youth Director of Miao Diocese and Rev. Sr. Noeline, the Administrator of VUBC were present for the historical graduation programme of the first Catholic College in East Arunachal...

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