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Women, You are Miracle Workers, Bishop George greets on IWD 2021

Miao, 9 March: Women are the biggest miracle workers said Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese in Arunachal Pradesh to greet them on International Women’s Day (IWD) in Miao. At a humble event to mark the IWD at Christ the Light Shrine, Miao, Bishop George hailed the women as the biggest and most frequent miracle workers. Wishing them happiness and blessings, he said, “You are a miracle worker. You change raw food materials into delicious food and you transform our houses into homes”. Addressing the 150 women delegates from around Miao, he encouraged them to continue the positive role they play at home, in the society, Church, country and in the world at large. “You are miracle workers and also our unsung heroines, who go about making the world a better place to live in, without expecting anything in return”, he concluded. Students of Light of the World School, Miao and Seminarians at Christ the Light Seminary performed cultural items at the felicitation programme held after the Holy Mass presided over by Bishop George. Echoing the words of the Bishop, the Miao Diocesan Women Commission Secretary, Sr. Mary Sarkar said ‘Man builds building but woman transforms it into a home’. The Miao Diocesan Women President Likro Mossang too spoke at the event. Highlighting the need for recognizing the contribution of women in the society, she said, “May all women feel free to dream, create, express and live their hearts’ deepest desire”. Chief Guest Namrata Tiwary, the Extra Assistant Commissioner of Miao Sub-division highlighted the theme of IWD 2021. In the modern times we live in, it is time for the women to choose to challenge because a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change, said. At another IWD celebration at the Seva Kendra Aruanchal East (SKAE) training centre in Namphai, its Director, Sr. Sunita Parmar brought together its women Self Help Groups for a day of animation and motivation sessions. Addressing the 40 participants, the Carmelite Missionary Nun said, “Even in the 21st century women are treated as commodities and sex toys. This Women’s Day, let us choose to challenge this and make the world treat women as human, not as toy, as companion, not as slave and as partner and not as subordinate”. The Captain of 14th Rajput Regiment of Indian Army and his joined the celebration and distributed vitamin and calcium tablets to the women participants. IWD was marked in, Namsai, Itangar, Naharlagun, Nampong, Miao, Changlang, Khonsa, Kanubari, Khela and several other districts of Arunachal Pradesh with felicitation of women achievers and covid warriors with plantation and charity...

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Christians resent election on Easter Sunday in Tripura

Agartala, 4 March: The Christian community in Tripura has expressed disappointment over the date of election for Tripura Tribal Area Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) 2021. In a letter addressed to the State Election Commissioner, Bishop Lumen Monteiro of Agartala Diocese has expressed the concern of the Christian community regarding the date of TTAADC election coinciding with the Easter Sunday. “Scheduling the election on the Universal Festival of Easter, which is a weeklong   obligatory observance of faith for all Christians around the world, will not only make the Christian voters unable to participate in the electoral process, it will also hurt the religious sentiments of the Christian community”, reads statement from the Bishop. The TTAADC is an autonomous district council administering the indigenous tribal dominated areas of Tripura. 68% of the total area of the state falls under the purview of TTAADC, which is mostly covered by hilly forest.   The Letter from Bishop Monteiro has appealed to the State Election Commission for rescheduling the date of polling to enable all the people to exercise their voting rights and to be able to fulfil their faith obligations. A copy of the same letter has been marked to the Chief Election Commissioner, Govt. of India, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Tripura and the Chief Election Officer of TTAADC. A press statement from the Spokesperson of Agartala Diocese, Father Joseph Pulinthanath, states that the Christian community in the State is disappointed and shocked at the date of the General Elections to TTAADC, announced on March 2. Easter Sunday, which is the Day of the Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ, falls on 4 April this...

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Arunachal Village marks 25 Years of Faith with a new Church

Nampong, 11 February: A remote village in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh marked the silver jubilee of becoming Christians with blessing and inauguration of a new church on 10 February 2021. Hetlong is a humble tribal village with 30 families belonging to the Tangsa tribe. The community had their worship in a bamboo structure with tin roof for the last quarter of a century and marked the 25th year of receiving the Catholic faith with a new concrete Church in the presence of guests and dignitaries from around the district. Blessing the new Church, Bishop George Pallipparambil sdb of Miao Diocese, congratulated the community for staying strong in their faith for the last 25 years. He invited them to have a stronger Church now not in terms of building but in faith and encouraged the community to keep alive the flame of faith to withstand the danger that the future is threatening to pose. “In the Bible we see several letters of St. Paul addressed to the Corinthians and Philppians. These communities do not exist today because they did not live according to the teachings of the faith they received. This could happen to us too if we are not fervent in the faith we celebrate today”, he cautioned. The Church, dedicated to Apostle Peter, is a substation under Nampong Parish of Miao Diocese, manned by the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier, the Pilar Fathers. Speaking on the occasion, Laisam Simai, local MLA and Advisor for Tourism and IPR & Printing, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, spoke of his personal example of being faithful to the church services. “Wherever I have been, as a student and even today, I always look for the nearest Church to participate in the Sunday services for I have experienced its transformative effects on my life”, said the leader, who is also one of the youngest MLAs of Arunachal Pradesh.  Kothan Mossang, the village leader and one of the firsts to receive Baptism in the village, inaugurated the new church.   Many youth and 30 children received the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion during the inaugural Eucharistic...

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Bethany College of Miao Diocese bags Four Gold Medals in University Results 2020

Namsai, 28 November: With four gold medalists, the Venerable Uktara Bethany College (VUBC), Namsai has produced outstanding results in the recently concluded undergraduate examinations 2020, conducted by Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh. Four students of VUBC, the only Bachelor Degree College of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh, have topped the RGU results declared on Friday, 27 November. Ajam Mossang is a Gold Medalist in Bachelor of Commerce, Kimtu Jugli in History, Chow Luseng Manchey, Geography and Ahhie Megha bagged Gold Medal in Sociology out of the 42 colleges registered under the oldest university of the state. Expressing happiness over the excellent performance of the students, Sister Janet Mendonca, the Principal of the College said, “These students give us hope for the future and satisfaction that our hard work has not gone in vain”. Appreciating the staff for their dedication towards the students, the Bethany Sister said, “All our professors are in their 20’s but their passion and commitment to their role as educators is the primary reason for the outstanding academic performance of the college over the years”. VUBC was established only six years ago by Bishop George Pallipparambil sdb as a response to the repeated requests from parents and students who would often scout for good colleges outside the state. Congratulating the students and the faculty, Bishop George said, “Now that you are the toppers in academic pursuit, may you be the toppers in the examinations of life as well by the quality you demonstrate”. Within six years of its existence, VUBC has produced 10 state level toppers. Began with 55 students in 2014, the first batch of students were graduated in 2017 with two Gold Medalists and seven rank holders. In the subsequent years, the college has continuously produced Gold Medalists and rank holders. In 2018 the college had two Gold Medalists and 11 rank holders and in 2019 two students bagged Gold Medals and 15 were rank holders. The college also has registered a 100% pass result this year with all the 92 students clearing their undergraduate...

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The Church has lost a dear friend in Tarun Gogoi – Archbishop Moolachira

Guwahati, 26 November: With the passing away of former Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi, the Church has lost a dear friend says Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati. After three days of state mourning and stopovers at various places of worship, the mortal remains of the longest serving Chief Minister of Assam was cremated at Nabagraha crematorium, Guwahati on 26 November. In his condolence message on behalf of the Bishops in the North East Region, the President of the North East Regional Bishops’ Council (NERBC), Archbishop Moolachira fondly remembered his contribution to the people of Assam and his association with the Christian community in the state. “He was truly secular. He never made distinctions based on caste, tribe or religion”, said the Archbishop. The Archbishop said, “Mr. Gogoi would often visit the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s House not because Christians formed a large vote bank, in fact Christians formed less than 5% of Assam population, but he noticed the good work done by the Church especially in the field of education, caring for the poor and service to humanity in all kinds of emergency.” The three-time Chief Minister was not only the Chief Guest at a cultural event organized in honour of Bishops of India when the Catholic Bishops Conference of India held its plenary meeting at Guwahati in 2010, but also followed it up by hosting a dinner in their honour, highlighted the Archbishop. The Archbishop also credited the former Chief Minister for bringing normalcy to the state of Assam after a long period of insurgency and for leading the state on the path of peace and development. “As a leader who promoted peace, the former CM recognized and appreciated the peace building efforts led by Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil”, Archbishop said. That he wished to be carried to every religious place before being cremated speaks volumes about his secular spirit and the respect for other religions. With his death the people of Assam has lost its tallest leader and the Church, a dear friend, concluded the Archbishop. The 86-year-old former Chief Minister of Assam passed away on 23 November at Guwahati Medical College due to post Covid-19...

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