NEOTAN PARISH PARTICPATES IN THE JUBILEE OF MERCY – MAKES A PILGRIMAGE TO THE DOOR OF MERCY IN MIAO
Responding to the shocking news of the sudden demise of Ex-Chief Minister Kaliko Pul, Neotan village in Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh, made a pilgrimage to Miao, praying for political stability in Arunachal Pradesh and for God’s Mercy on 13 August 2016.
Arunachal Pradesh has been in the news for not so good reasons of late. If the episode of President Rule followed by the MLAs rebelling against the Government was not enough, the people in Arunachal Pradesh, the north eastern most State of India, were shocked by the untimely death of Kaliko Pul, who showed a lot of promise to the people in the State in his short stint as the Chief Minister.
Responding to this sad news and the political instability in the State, the people in Neotan village made a pilgrimage to Miao covering 19.5 KMs on foot.
Pope Francis has declared this year as a special year of Mercy. During this period, which started on 8 December 2015 and will end on 20 November 2016, the Pope has invited people across the world do corporal and spiritual works of mercy and also to make pilgrimage. Responding to Pope’s invitation, the people of Neotan village had planned to make a pilgrimage to Miao on foot. They made this occasion to pray for the Ex-CM, for political stability in Arunachal and for peace in the world.
Organizing the event, Fr. Felix Anthony, Director of Social Communication in East Arunachal Pradesh, explained to the importance of this pilgrimage. “There is so much pain, killing and violence these days. So much wound has been created by the mindless violence by fundamental groups across the world. Only God can heal this pain. We make this pilgrimage today to ask God to have mercy on the whole world and for peace. We also pray for political stability in our State”, he said.
Bishop George Pallipparambil SDB of Miao Diocese congratulated the people for taking up this noble cause and requested them to be merciful to one another especially in the context of violence in the world and polarization in our Country.
There were 225 Pilgrimmes from the eight villages under Neotan Parish.
The people, though tired, expressed happiness at the end of the Pilgrimage to the Christ the Light Shrine in Miao. “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 political normalcy will return to our State soon”, said Mr. Tumen Mossang, a local leader in Miao area.
The people prayed for peace in the world and for Arunachal Pradesh and for the departed soul of the Ex-CM all through their four-hour walk to Miao.