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SCC Coordinators of NE Meet at Miao

The Small Christian Communities (SCC) coordinators of Dibrugarh, Itanagar, Miao and Tezpur met at Miao to evaluate their progress as part of their annual meeting 11 and 12 June 2019. Rev. Fr. Hippoletus, the SCC Commission Secretary of North East region led the meeting with a short prayer at Christ the Light Minor Seminary Hall at Miao and Rev. Sr. Mary Sarkar the Miao Diocesan SCC Secretary welcomed the delegates from the four Dioceses. Delivering the Keynote address on the first day of the two day event, Rev. Fr. Joy Manickathan, the Chancellor of Miao Diocese, said, “The SCC are the tiny pillars of the mighty Catholic Church.” The 60 delegates from the four dioceses met in groups and evaluated the status and progress of the SCC in the NE in general and these four Dioceses in particular. Most Rev. Albert Hemrom, the Coadjutor Bishop of Dibrugarh Diocese, officiated at the concluding day mass and reminded the great scope SCC has in strengthening the faith of the people and bring people, especially the the men and the youth, back to the...

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Arunachal Bishop joins spiritual leaders to discuss Environment Protection

Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese, Arunachal Pradesh joined renowned spiritual leaders from different religions to discuss on environment protection for peace and harmony on World Environment Day at NSCI Dome, Worli, Mumbai. Organised by the Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, headed by the leader of the Jains, Acharya Lokesh, the World Environment Day event brought together for the first time spiritual leaders of different religions in India on a single platform to discuss environment protection as a tool to promote peace and harmony among the people. Thousands of people from Mumbai and other places filled the venue to listen to the spiritual leaders speak on World Environment Day. Speaking on the experience of attending the event, Bishop George said that the event had some of the well known spiritual leaders from India, sharing practical tips on environment protection. “It was a great feeling to share the dais with religious leaders of other religions in the name of environment and it was enthusing and energizing to listen to their practical wisdom”, said the prelate from the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh. Acharaya Lokesh, Sadhguru, Swami Ramdev and BK Shivani were some of the prominent spiritual leaders present for the event. The first of its kind event concluded with thousands of people taking pledge to save the earth, conserve water and to save natural resources for the future...

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Seva Kendra Arunachal East observes World Environment Day

Seva Kendra Arunachal East (SKAE), the social service wing of the Diocese of Miao, observed the World Environment Day 2019 with a workshop on the theme “Air Pollution” at the Government School in Jothinkaikhe village in Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh. Inaugurating the event, Mr. Mintu Mosahary, the programme coordinator of SKAE said that we cannot stop breathing but we can do something about the quality of air that we breathe. Speaking to the participants as a special guest, Fr. Felix Anthony highlighted the interconnectedness of every creature. “Even the smallest insect has a role to play in keeping up the ecological balance of the environment. Any disturbance to this balance has catastrophic effect as we can see these days”, he said. Highlighting the importance of caring for the future generation, he said, “Planting more trees is best way to show that we care for the environment and for our future generation”. More than 200 plants of various species like ashoka, arjun, jackfruit, series and amla were planted at the end of the event, held in collaboration with Caritas India Farm programme. At the end of program, the Chief of the village, Mr. Kamkhip Mungrey, thanked the organizers for observing the day at his humble village and encouraged people to plant more trees to improve the quality of the air. (Report by Batang Mossang,...

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Christians in Arunachal Pradesh pray for the new Council of Ministers

The people in Arunachal Pradesh held candle light prayer rally to pray for the new Council of Ministers of Government of India on 31 May. Receiving the news of portfolio allocation of the new cabinet ministers of Government of India with enthusiasm, the people in and around Miao in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh took out a candle light prayer rally on 31 May, which coincided with the Feast of the Visitation of Mother Mary. Sending prayerful wishes to the new Council of Ministers, Bishop of George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh, expressed hope that the new team will work to build a more progressive, inclusive and a peaceful country. Inaugurating the prayer rally in Miao, Bishop George, the Social Communication Chairman Bishop of North East India said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given us lot of expectation with his message of Sabka Saath, Saba Vikhas and Sabka Vishwas. We hope he with his new team is able to achieve this goal and lead the nation on the path of peace, development and trust of all the people across the country”. Expressing happiness over the inclusion of Mr. Kiren Rijuju from Arunachal Pradesh to the Council of Ministers, the President of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA), Mr. Taw Tebin said that Mr. Rijuju will represent all our voices in the parliament and as independent Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs he would promote sports talents from North East India, particularly from Arunachal Pradesh. Mr. Mungtang Mossang, the APCA President of east Arunachal Pradesh too expressed hope in the new team of Ministers. “We hope the promise of acche din becomes a reality during this second term of the Prime Minister with his new team of ministers”, he said. The prayer rally that began from the Sacred Heart Church Neotan came to conclude with the Marian Grotto in the village. Similar prayer rallies were held across Arunachal Pradesh to conclude the Month of Mary that began on 1...

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Arunachal youth convention concludes with prayer for peace

A four-day convention for the youth of Arunachal Pradesh concluded with a special prayer for peace in the state and in the country on 22 May at Margherita, Assam. Around 600 youth from the eight districts of eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh concluded their four-day leadership training programme with an appeal for peace in the state and in the country, in the context of the gruesome killing Tirong Aboh, a sitting MLA along with 10 others including his son in Khonsa , Tirap district on 21 May. Addressing the youth at the start of the peace rally, Bishop George Pallipparambil sdb of Miao Diocese appealed to all the youth to work for peace and promote peace. “Peace is the gift we give each other”, he told the youth. “Today I stand before you with so much sorrow in my heart over what happened in Tirap district. This is totally condemnable and we all must put an end to such kind of barbarism in our villages, districts and the state. I look at you with hope, dear young people, that you live in peace and promote peace by obeying the rules of the society, parents and respecting the nature”, said the salesian prelate. The peace rally began from Divine Renewal Retreat Centre, Margherita, with candle light prayer march and with placard with slogans for appeal for peace and for stopping violence. Our country, our state and our districts need peace now more than ever, said Miss Datliam Matey, the North East Regional Youth Representative from east Arunachal Pradesh. “We know with this rally violence will not end but if all 600 of us return to our homes to be peace promoters, peace is possible in our districts, in the state and in the country”, she told the youth.  The killing of Shri. Abho along with his family members and personal security officers sent shock waves across the state. The ambush is suspected to be a handiwork of militant groups operating in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts that share boundaries with Myanmar. The youth leaders decided to conclude the convention with an appeal for peace as some of the delegates at the event were close relatives of Shri. Abho. The peace rally came to conclude with a moment of silent prayer deceased. The youth also took a moment during the rally to pray for the new government to promote peace. The leadership training programme that began on 19 May was organized by the Diocese of Miao in east Arunachal Pradesh in association with National Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, New...

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