Arunachal Christians pray with Pope Francis for Lebanon

Miao, 4 September: Responding to the call of Pope Francis, Christians across Arunachal Pradesh prayed for the people of Lebanon on 4 September 2020.

The Holy Father had called for day of prayer and fasting in solidarity with the people of Lebanon on Friday, after Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, was rocked by a tragic blast, killing more than two hundred people and injuring thousands of others, one month ago.

Heeding to the call of the Holy Father, the Christians across Miao Diocese marked the day with special prayer, fasting and Eucharistic Adoration for the Lebanese.

Leading the special prayer at the Adoration Chapel of Christ the Light Shrine in Miao, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese said, “The untold sufferings and the loss of life and property in Beirut last month, is a reminder to us that selfishness and hatred have not been replaced by love and forgiveness” and invited everyone to keep praying for the people of Lebanon and for the whole world. 

Most of the religious communities, Parishes, institutions and families joined with the people around world to pray with the Holy Father.

The community of Vedruna Sisters in Minthong of Longding district, marked the day with total silence and Eucharistic Adoration from 2pm to 7pm. The people in the village gathered in the Church to express solidarity with the Lebanese people.

The faithful at St. George Parish, Deomali in Tirap district spent the day in the Church with prayer and fasting for the intention of the Holy Father.

The Franciscan Sisters serving in Changlang district too had five hours of Eucharistic Adoration in the private chapel of their convent.

Large number of youth had gathered in St. Thomas mission, Pongchao, the remotest mission of the Diocese, bordering Myanmar, and spent the day in prayer for economic and political recovery of Lebanon.

Similar fasting and prayer were conducted in Sacred Heart Parish Neotan in Changlang District and many other centers across Miao Diocese, the north eastern most region of India.