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Arunachal Christians mourn the death of civilians in Nagaland

Miao, 8 December 2021: A humble village in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh organised a condolence prayer service for the Nagaland civilians killed in army firing on 8 December 2021. Youth, elders, women and children of Neotan, a Tangsa tribal village, in Arunachal Pradesh, came together to express their condolence and to pray for the departed souls of the 14 innocent civilians killed in Oting village of Mon district in Nagaland. Leading the condolence prayer service, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao diocese said, “We are very saddened to know about the death of civilians in Mon district.”  Six civilians, workers in a coal mine, were killed in an ambush by security forces in an area between Tiru and Oring village in Nagaland’s Mon district while returning home in a vehicle on Saturday, 4 November. The incident triggered violence in the area in which eight more civilians were killed after security forces opened fire. “Death of innocent people is always very sorrowful. We offer our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the families of the departed and we pray that the Almighty God blesses them with eternal rest”, Bishop Pallipparambil said in his condolence message. The prayer service was conducted by the villagers as part of the concluding event of the Year of St. Joseph and the feast of the Immaculate Conception the Blessed Virgin Mary. The village Catechist, Chomjung Mossang, expressed deep sorrow at the loss of lives of civilians. “Most of them are very young with a promising life ahead of them. Some of them leave behind very young children and one of them got married less than a week ago. Words fail me to express my grief”, he said at the prayer service. The condolence prayer service, which began from the Mother Mary Grotto in the village, was attended by people from all faith background. Attending the prayer service, Korong Longri, President of the Tangsa Women Welfare Society of Arunachal Pradesh, said, “Killing innocent civilians and trying to wash off your hands is totally unacceptable. Such mindless killing of innocent people by the security forces has been happening across North East India for the last many years. Such incidents should not happen to anywhere and to anyone.” Holding placard appealing for peace, the villagers concluded the prayer service by planting candles on the junction connecting to the village Church. The botched-up ambush has cut short the lives of young people. They will never come back but the memories of their death is going to haunt us for ever, said Tumen Mossang, a village elder at the conclusion of the prayer...

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Bishop Joseph leads Year of St. Joseph Celebrations in Rajanagar

Most Rev. Joseph Aind sdb led the concluding celebrations of Year of St. Joseph at St. Joseph Chruch, Rajanagar on 5 December 2021. Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation were administered on nearly 400 youth and adults. The youth from Rajanagar village led the liturgy with a melodious choir. Priests from neighbouring missions joined the celebrations. Bishop Aind, the Bishop Emeritus of Dibrugarh Diocese, was felicitated for his 25th Year of Episcopal Ordination. Faithful from all the villages of Rajanagar Parish came together to mark the conclusion of Year of St. Joseph and show their love for Bishop Aind. Hon’ble Somlung Mossang, the MLA of Bordumsa-Diyun Constituency, under which Rajanagar comes, was present share the joy of the event. He also appealed to the people to model their lives on St. Joseph who was a caring husband, a good father and hardworking person. Fathers Joy Manikathan and Edvin Prabhu represented Bishop George. The women from Rajanagar too sang on the occassion to thank God for the gift of their faith. The whole village community has worked in collaboration with the Parish Priest Fr. Rajesh Lakra sdb for months to make the event a successful...

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Village Church Dedicated to the Year of St. Joseph

A beautiful village Church was blessed and dedicated to the Year of St. Joseph on Saturday 27 November by Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese. Bishop George blessed and dedicated the village Church at Jengpothar in the presence of Mr. Somlung Mossang, MLA of Diyun-Bordumsa constituency and friends and faithful from Miao and Kharsang sub division of Changlang district. Speaking on the occasion, Bishop George said, “St. Joseph is a role model for every walk of life. He is a good father who taught the values of hard work to his son, he is a good husband who cared for his wife and child and he is a good servant who always listened to God’s promptings”. The church is built by the people of the village by their own contribution. Appreciating the people for their love for the Church, he appealed to them to grow stronger in faith and invoked the protection of St. Joseph on them. People from all faith were present for the blessing and dedication of the Church. Echoing the words of Holy Father, Bishop George said, “St. Joseph in caring for his Son Jesus protected the beginnings of the Church and he continues to do so even now. May he protect this Church and this village.” Speaking on the ocassion, Somlung Mossang highlighted the role of St. Joseph in the life of Jesus Christ. “In the modern day context of mobile and internet, St. Joseph is an ideal example to follow”, he said. “A good caring husband, an ideal father and a hardworking craftsman. He is a role model for every age”. The blessing event concluded with a special prayer dedicated to St. Joseph. Jengpothar village under the Sacred Heart Parish Neotan is one of the nine substations of the parish and is the smallest community of Langching tribe of Arunachal...

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Konsa Village of Pongchao Mission gets a new Church

Bishop George Blessed a beautiful Church in Konsa village underPongchao Mission, in Longding District on 24 November 2021 The Church Blessing was attended by Mr. Honchun Ngandam, Minister, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. He also spoke on the occasion, reminding people to build good church in their heart. Many children received the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Fathers and Sisters from neighbouring missions were present at the occassion. Konsa is one of the last village of Longding District in the borders of Myanmar and...

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Blessed Advent to You All

The Diocese of Miao Wishes you all a Blessed Advent Season. May you prepare well to receive the Lord in your Hearts and...

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