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Happy Easter

Our Lord Jesus Christ is truly risen. Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia ! Thirty years of quiet life, three years of active public life,Two days of intense suffering, three days of silence in the graveFollowed by the resurrection, entry into life eternal, end to suffering and death, assurance that evil will be defeated, sin will be conquered, sufferings will end, that the light of the Lord will shine one day for you, me and for the whole universe and that the Spirit of the Lord will renew the earth. Thanking you for all that you are and you do and Assuring you of my prayers and requesting your prayers+George Pallipparambil SDB Bishop of Miao Diocese The Diocese of Miao wishes all its friends a Grace Filled Easter. May the peace and joy of the Risen Lord be with you...

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Roadside Grotto Dedication marks the Year of St. Joseph in Miao Diocese

Namchik, 20 March 2021: A roadside grotto was blessed and dedicated to St. Joseph to mark Year of St. Joseph in Arunachal Pradesh’s Miao Diocese on 20 March 2021. “I am very happy to bless this grotto and dedicate it to the Year of St. Joseph”, said Bishop George Pallipparambil sdb of Miao Diocese. “This may be the first of its kind in India to mark the Year of St. Joseph”, he said at a small blessing ceremony at the Namchik-Balinong junction in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The grotto is located at a prominent junction. The roads crossing the junction lead to Bordumsa, Jairampur and Miao Subdivisions of Arunachal Pradesh, Jagun and Tinsukia in Assam and to Pangsau Pass in Myanmar. “This Grotto is not only going to be a landmark but an import prayer-point for the people travelling through these roads”, said Bishop George. The people of Kharsang, a small township under Miao sub-division, responded to Pope Francis’ call to reflect on the silent role of St. Joseph this year with this grotto. The grotto is the result of collective efforts of the people. Senseng Jugli, a local businessman donated the land and Chumkam Thungkhang, a well-wisher of Miao Diocese, offered the help with construction and Dr. Betty Joseph of Krick and Bourry Hospital, Injan gifted the statue. “This indeed is a happy moment for all of us. With this grotto we are able to participate in the universal celebration of the Year of St. Joseph from the last corner of India”, said Chophasey Lisu, a public leader from Kharsang town. The youth and women religious gathered for the blessing led the prayers with St. Joseph’s Rosary, Litany of St. Joseph and with the Year of St. Joseph Prayer. The diocese of Miao has planned a series of animation, retreats, pilgrimage and seminars to mark the Year of St. Joseph. This roadside grotto is the first in that...

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Fire Renders Two Dead and Hundreds Homeless in Miao Diocese

Lazu, 19 March 2021: A massive fire accident has rendered at least two people dead and hundreds homeless in Longliang village of Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh on 18 March 2021. In a heartbreaking incident, 114 houses of the total 136 houses in one of the last villages of the State bordering Myanmar have been reduced to ashes due to an accidental fire that lasted for nearly two hours. The fire has left at least two people dead and more than 500 people homeless. The two victims have been identified as a bedridden 65-year old man and a four year-old girl child who could not run in time to escape the inferno. The charred images of the two are heart wrenching. There is fear that more causalities may emerge once the people are able to rumble through the ashes and debris. Longliang, a small Ollo Tribal village under Lazu circle, is some 45 KMs from Khonsa, the district headquarters. Narrating the massive fire accident, Sethok Thinyan, a youth leader from Lazu said that this was biggest fire accident he witnessed in his life. “All the houses are made of bamboos with thatched roofs and are built adjacent to one another. A small spark aided by the usual strong wind can spell a doom for the whole village. The fire tender too could not arrive due to the remoteness of the village. The fire has also taken away the food grains saved for the rest of the year”, said the youth leader. The fire victims are now staying with the families the fire left intact. They now need basic amenities like utensils, tents for making temporary accommodations, food and clothing.   Expressing shock, Bishop George Pallipparambil sdb of Miao Diocese has appealed to the people to pray for the victims and to express solidarity with them during this time extreme pain. “My thoughts are with the people of Longliang. I am deeply saddened to know the magnitude of the loss and pain the fire has caused. I appeal to everyone to come forward to help the people of Longliang in whatever way you can”, he said. Bishop George has also pressed in Seva Kendra Arunachal East, the diocesan social service wing, to help the people with immediate relief materials. He has also requested the Priests and Women Religious working around Lazu circle to provide the people with whatever they could do support the people. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained...

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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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