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Arunachal women mark International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

Miao, 25 November: The Women Commission of Miao Diocese in Arunachal Pradesh marked the ‘International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women’ with animation and awareness events in Miao on 25 November 2020. Inaugurating the event at Light of the World School auditorium, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese highlighted the sharp increase in crime against women in North East India especially in the recent past. “Even though women in the North East India have traditionally enjoyed safer living condition, the recent trend in violence against women in the region is worrying”, he said. Emphasising the need for awareness among men, the Salesian prelate said, “We do not fight just violence but we fight evil that includes the alarming number of abortions in our region”. Sister Rose Abilu, the Headmistress of Light of the World School delivered the key-note address, drawing the attention of the participants on the various kinds of violence the women are subjected to. “North East India has become hotspot for human trafficking which is a cruel form of violence against women and that each of the participants today must pledge not to fall prey in the hands of traffickers”, said the Nun belonging to the congregation of Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians (MSMHC). Mrs. Likro Mossang, the President of Women Association in Miao Diocese, addressing the participants that included girl students of grade 11 and 12, said that proper education and awareness is the right way to fight the violence against women and encouraged them to empower themselves with education. The Secretary for Women Commission in East Arunachal Pradesh, Sister Mary Sarkar MSMHC, too spoke on the occasion. A small event like this today is not going to end the violence against women all over the world but it will go a long way in spreading awareness among the participants especially the young students, said a woman leader from Miao, Mrs. Marina Wangsu, at her concluding...

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Covid Warriors Felicitated in Miao

Miao, 5 October: Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese in Arunachal Pradesh organized a thanksgiving programme to honour and to pray for the covid warriors of Miao Subdivision at his residence on 4 October 2020. Gathering together the public administration, health workers, police personnel and public leaders of the subdivision under Changlang District, Bishop George said, “Every crisis brings out heroes. Covid19, one of the most critical times of our life time, has taught us who our real heroes are”. Thanking each of the participants, he added that the gathering was meant to honour and to pray for the covid warriors who put themselves into risk for the safety of others. “This is an opportunity for us to thank you all in person for what you have done us to keep us safe”, he said. Noting that the danger of the pandemic is still around, he invited everyone to pray for their safety. There were special prayers made for the health workers, public administration, police personnel, political leaders, public leaders and support staff. The prayers were led by Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians Rose Abileu, Mary Sarkar, Karishma and Fathers Joy Manikathan, David, John Doley, Edvin Prabu and Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese, Dennis Panipitchai. Speaking on behalf the local public administration, Namrata Tiwari, the Extra Assistant Commissioner of Miao Subdivision, said, “The corona crisis was an opportunity for us to serve the society, which is our responsibility. Getting recognized is a bonus. Your appreciation and prayers for us and for our families mean so much to us”. Apolo James Lungphi, the Extra Assistant Commissioner of Vijoynagar expressed his happiness over the appreciation and requested for continuous prayer for them as the danger of virus is not over yet. The covid warriors were felicitated with a certificate of appreciation. The event was held to mark the national day of prayer and thanksgiving proposed by the United Christian Prayer for India and to conclude the Season of Creation promoted by Pope...

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Arunachal Youth set up Street Library to infuse reading habit among people

Nirjuli, 11 September: The lockdown caused by the pandemic has silver lining too. It has led people to think out of the box to be useful to the society. A youth from a small town called Nirujlui in Arunachal Pradesh has set up a ‘Street Library’ with just a rack loaded with books and a couple of wooden benches for the readers by the road. “It is only 10 days since we set up this Street Library and the response from the readers has been so overwhelming. So far no books have been stolen from the open rack and I am not worried because even if it gets stolen, I will be glad as it will be of some purpose to the thief. What can a person do with a book other than reading”, says the founder of the library, Ngurang Meena, a Government school teacher by profession. Inspired by a story on Mizoram’s mini wayside library, Meena and her friend Diwang Hoasi, a graduate in English honours, came up with the idea of the street library in Arunachal Pradesh. “The idea of empowering destitute women and widows, adult literacy and fight against child marriage and polygamy has always fascinated me”, says the economic graduate from Bangalore. “To give wings to our goal in life and to keep alive the memory of our late father, we started Ngurang Learning Institute (NLI) in 2014 along with my younger sister, Ngurang Reena, a PHD scholar from JNU, New Delhi. For the last six years, NIL has helped more than 1000 people to read and write and to start living a dignified life with our skill development training programmes. The lockdown, which put a break to the regular programmes, led us to come up with a new concept to continue our service to humanity without hurdle”. Children under ten and working women are most frequent visitors to the one of its kind library in the state. “The teenagers are too embarrassed to read by the roadside. Therefore, we have decided to start lending books to encourage reading at home” says the social worker. Functional round the clock, the single-rack street library contains slew of books of different topics of interest. “We are overwhelmed by the reaction of the readers and greatly encouraged by the appreciation from people all around. We want to extend this street library into every village and town of Arunachal Pradesh, which has more wine shops than bookstores”, says Reena. Considering the positive effect of this street library on people, many volunteers have come ahead to donate books for the rack. Some have helped with cash to buy more books for the library. “We hope our humble initiative will encourage other youth leaders in every district to start one in their own villages to infuse a taste for reading in the people of Arunachal Pradesh”, says Ngurang...

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Arunachal Christians pray with Pope Francis for Lebanon

Miao, 4 September: Responding to the call of Pope Francis, Christians across Arunachal Pradesh prayed for the people of Lebanon on 4 September 2020. The Holy Father had called for day of prayer and fasting in solidarity with the people of Lebanon on Friday, after Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, was rocked by a tragic blast, killing more than two hundred people and injuring thousands of others, one month ago. Heeding to the call of the Holy Father, the Christians across Miao Diocese marked the day with special prayer, fasting and Eucharistic Adoration for the Lebanese. Leading the special prayer at the Adoration Chapel of Christ the Light Shrine in Miao, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese said, “The untold sufferings and the loss of life and property in Beirut last month, is a reminder to us that selfishness and hatred have not been replaced by love and forgiveness” and invited everyone to keep praying for the people of Lebanon and for the whole world.  Most of the religious communities, Parishes, institutions and families joined with the people around world to pray with the Holy Father. The community of Vedruna Sisters in Minthong of Longding district, marked the day with total silence and Eucharistic Adoration from 2pm to 7pm. The people in the village gathered in the Church to express solidarity with the Lebanese people. The faithful at St. George Parish, Deomali in Tirap district spent the day in the Church with prayer and fasting for the intention of the Holy Father. The Franciscan Sisters serving in Changlang district too had five hours of Eucharistic Adoration in the private chapel of their convent. Large number of youth had gathered in St. Thomas mission, Pongchao, the remotest mission of the Diocese, bordering Myanmar, and spent the day in prayer for economic and political recovery of Lebanon. Similar fasting and prayer were conducted in Sacred Heart Parish Neotan in Changlang District and many other centers across Miao Diocese, the north eastern most region of...

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National Youth Sunday: Give up drug addiction, Arunachal Bishop tells the NE Youth

Celebrating the National Youth Sunday with the rest of India, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese, Arunachal Pradesh appealed to the youth of North East India to give up drug addiction to create a better society and Church, on 9 August 2020 at Sacred Heart Parish Church, Neotan. Recalling the theme of National Youth Sunday 2020, ‘Young man, I say to you, arise’ (Lk7: 14), Bishop George, who is also the Chairman Bishop of the North East Regional Youth Commission (NERYC), said, “Our youth in most parts of the North East Region, need to rise above their addictions to drug,  for they live as though they are dead. Highlighting the direct implications of drug addiction to the society and to the Church, the NERYC Chairman said as long as the youth fail to rise above their addictions, the Church will suffer.  “Drug addiction among the youth weakens not only the society but also the Cburch. No girl wants to marry a drug addict, which leads the girls to find their life partners outside the Church”, he said. In the context of Covid-19, the subdued celebration of the Youth Sunday of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India had mostly online events this year, like Bible Quiz and Drawing and Singing. The NERYC had conducted online singing, dancing and photography competitions to mark the National Youth Sunday and the winners of each category were declared today by the Chairman Bishop. Miss Annette Larchangsha Ngoruw of Imphal Archdiocese, Manipur won the first prize in solo dance competition. Mr. Adiousbai Passah of Jowai Diocese and Mr. Phoging Pansa of Miao Diocese were declared winners of the online singing and photography competitions,...

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