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Asian Bishops’ General Conference: ‘Working for a better Asia

The FABC opened its General Conference on 12 October with a Eucharistic Celebration at Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Centre in Bangkok. Two hundred delegates representing 29 Asian countries are meeting until 30 October celebrating the 50 years of the Conference’s history. “Journeying Together as Peoples of Asia” is the Conference theme. Century of Good News to Asia Cardinal Charles Bo, FABC President, delivered the inaugural address the next day, calling the Conference a “Pentecostal moment”, and “a glorious moment for the Asian Church”. He called on his fellow Asian disciples of Christ to continue in the footsteps of “great men like the Apostle Thomas, Francis Xavier and countless men and women who have generously offered their service in the integral evangelization ministry”. The task ahead of the Asian Church, he said, is to “make this a century of Jesus’ Good News to the whole of Asia”.13/10/2022 Summary of Cardinal Bo’s homily during the FABC General Conference opening Mass Working for a better Asia Cardinal Oswald Gracias spoke the same day calling the General Conference a “momentous step” and a “landmark for the FABC”. “We come together”, he continued, “in the spirit of Synodality to conduct our first ever General Conference” after 11 Plenary Assemblies. He explained that the inspiration to hold the Conference comes from the journey of CELAM, their Latin America counterpart. Pope Francis, Cardinal Gracias said, was enthusiastic when he shared the proposal with him and “gave wholehearted support and encouragement”. The Cardinal introduced the first part of the Conference’s work as a week “discerning and envisioning new pathways for the Church working for a better Asia”.12/10/2022 Pope Francis’s video message to the FABC General Conference Visiting Asia Each day this week has begun with morning prayer conducted remotely by a group from the host country of the day. Daughters of St Paul from India, Pakistan and the Philippines have been among these groups. Then various delegations from the countries making up the FABC report to the assembly in order to get to know “emerging realities”, and to identify “commonalities” and “differences”. Visiting the world On Friday, Caritas Internationalis’ Secretary General, Aloysius John, provided delegates with an overview of Caritas throughout Asia, the challenges it is facing and the role the network can play in the Church. Archbishop Grusas, representing their European counterpart CCEE, provided a comparative overview of the Church in Europe, including the tasks it has identified. A representative of the US Bishops’ Conference commended the FABC in his words on Saturday. FABC participants also heard from Dr. Gabriel Dy-Liacco, President of the Catholic Safeguarding Institute, and from Msgr. Ramon Masculino Junior, a specialist in safeguarding spirituality who highlighted the Institute’s work and urged “representatives to take concrete action in their home countries.” Virtual Talk Show Newly-created Cardinal William Goh celebrated Sunday Mass and “stressed the importance of prayer, and the clergy and laity journeying onward together” in his homily. Shedding light on the reality of the flock the FABC serves, 16 panelists from 13 Asian countries, from every walk of life and social condition then connected with FABC delegates for a live Virtual Talk Show. Show host Bishop Allwyn D’Silva invited the panelists to share their realities, and asked those in the audience to consider “who can I be a neighbour to”. Pastoral reflection...

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Miao diocese gets first priest of indigenous origin

Lazu: Miao diocese in Arunachal Pradesh ordained its first catholic priest of indigenous origin at the general ground, Lazu in Tirap district on 10 October. Father Vincent Rangwang, who belongs to the Ollo tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, was ordained priest by Bishop George Pallipparambil at his home Parish at Lazu in Tirap district in the presence of Auxiliary Bishop Dennis, priests, among others.  Congratulating Father Vincent Rangwang on becoming the first tribal priest to be ordained from Miao diocese, Bishop George said, “This indeed is a proud moment for the Ollo community and for everyone in the diocese. However, Father Vincent now belongs not just to the Ollo community but to the whole world.”  Father Rangwang has been ordained a priest for the Congregation of Missionaries of Compassion (MOC) based in Aliabad, Hyderabad.  “Even though you have your strong tribal roots, now the whole world is your family. May you sanctify yourself daily to lead all the people to God,” the Salesian prelate told the new priest.  Father Rangwang, the eldest of the three children of Khopok and Pojen Rangwang from Sinnu village in Lazu Circle, joined the MOC in 2011 after completing his schooling in Khonsa, the district headquarter of Tirap. He later studied Philosophy and Theology at Holy Spirit Major Seminary, Eluru in Andhra Pradesh.   Many local leaders expressed joy over the ordination of a Priest from the Ollo tribe, one of the smallest tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.  “As an Ollo tribesman, I feel overwhelmed with joy today. It is now like seeing the first fruit of our years of perseverance in faith and a dream come true,” said Azet Yangli Humtok, a senior church leader in the Tirap district.  “This indeed is a joyful moment for all of us from our small OIlo tribe. I am sure this will inspire many young people from our village to take up religious calling,” said Sethok Thinyan, a youth leader from Lazu.  According to the latest survey conducted in 2022, the total population of the Ollo tribe is 11,665 and they mostly inhabit 12 villages under Lazu circle, the last administrative circle of Arunachal Pradesh towards Myanmar, which is 10 km from the border.   The president of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA), Taw Tebin and new president of Arunachal Christian Forum Tarh Miri Stephen were present for the ordination ceremony and congratulated the newly ordained and his parents with letters of appreciation.   “It is a historic moment for the catholic church in Arunachal Pradesh. We pray for Father Vincent Rangwang for God’s blessings to help him spread the message of love, peace, and kindness of the Lord in every corner of the world,” said the APCA president.  Father Rangwang now becomes the third catholic priest from Arunachal Pradesh. Father Roshan Bamin Peter from the Apatani tribe ordained in May 2022 and Father Francis Belo from the Galo tribe ordained in 2008 are from the Itanagar diocese in west Arunachal...

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Birthday of Mother Mary as Girl Child Day in Miao Diocese

Birthday of Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated as #GirldChildDay in Miao Diocese. 8 September...

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Bishop George Felicitated

Congratulations to Bishop George Pallipparambil on being felicitated by Indian Council for Cultural Relations, the cultural wing of the Govt. of India, for his contribution to the field of education of tribal children, on the occasion of the celebration of ’75 Years of Indian Independence’ at ICCR Satyajit Roy Auditorium, Kolkata on 8 September...

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Miao youth pray for the Country on 75th Anniversary of Independence

Miao, 16 August 2022: Christian Youth in Arunachal Pradesh organised a special prayer service to pray of the country on the occasion of its 75th Year of Independence. Addressing the youth prior to the prayer service, George Pallipparambil, the Bishop of Miao diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh, reminded the youth of valuing this freedom.  “As we mark today the Platinum Jubilee of our beloved country’s Independence, remember that this freedom that we celebrate today came at a cause. Many made supreme sacrifices with their lives”. Underlining the roles and duties of the youth, Bishop George, who is also the Chairman of the North East Regional Youth Council, said, “As Christian youth, we have to be loyal, productive and responsible citizens. Nation building is our task and abiding by the laws of our country is our duty”. Appreciating the youth for praying for the country on its Independence Day which also coincided with the National Youth Sunday of the Church, Father Regi Mani, the Director of Catholic Youth in east Arunachal Pradesh, said, “Praying for the country is the best way to celebrate our country’s independence. As we celebrate our freedom, as Christian Youth, let us do everything in our capacity to bring about lasting changes in the society, church and the country at large”. Speaking on behalf the youth, Jeremai Krong, a youth leader from Tezu said, “As we remember the sacrifices of our Founding Fathers and pray for our country today, let us also, as young people, keep in mind that we need making sacrifice is part of any noble cause worth fighting for in life. Like Mother Mary, forgetting ourselves, let us also rise and go with hast to become harbingers of change, progress and development”. Prayer services were held at St. Peter’s Church, Tezu, Lohit district, Christ the Light Shrine, Miao, Changlang district, De Paul Mission, Khanu, Longding district and several other places in east Arunachal...

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