Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy Concludes with special Praise and Thanksgiving at Miao Diocese

img_5210The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy declared by Pope Francis last year came to a solemn conclusion with praise and thanksgiving to God at Miao on 17 November 2016.

The Diocese of Miao situated in the extreme north eastern corner of India in Arunachal Pradesh, responded to Pope Francis’ call to celebrate the year 2015 as Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, with pilgrimages, seminars on theme Mercy, conventions on Divine Mercy, 24 Hours for the Lord, and Divine Mercy Prayer Chain across the eight district of east Arunachal Pradesh. There were animations for youth, children, women, catechists, Women Religious and Priests in the eight districts under the Diocese of Miao.

The closing ceremony of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in Miao Diocese took place at Christ the Light Shrine, Miao, where the Holy Door of Mercy was installed.

Speaking to the faithful gathered for the closing ceremony, Bishop George of Miao Diocese, said the year of mercy has indeed been a year of blessing for all of us. “We close the celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy today, but we do not close our heart to be merciful”, he said. “The success of this great event of the Church depends mostly on what we do from now on. Let us be merciful just like our Heavenly Father is Merciful.”

The people gathered for the closing ceremony praised and thanked God for the mercy shown unto them. This year has been a year of renewal for me and my family, said Mr. Somlung Mossang, a Catholic leader from Miao. “We made pilgrimage – something we never did before. There were opportunities for confession on several occasions, and all the seminars on convention on Mercy made me and my family spiritually stronger”, he said.

We thank God and our Pope Francis for this Jubilee of Mercy, said Mrs. Lamati, the Women Secretary of the Diocese of Miao. “We are grateful to our Bishop for the various events on Mercy organized in our Diocese. We hope to be merciful always in the coming day just like our Heavenly Father has shown his mercy through Jesus Christ”, she added.

The Jubilee of Mercy has brought in so much renewal and spiritual strength to Miao Diocese, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary as Diocese.