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Fund Raising for the Mission

“We cannot but preach what we have seen and hear” (Acts 4: 20). The Diocese Miao organizes various fund raising events to support the mission of the Church on World Mission Sunday...

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Tanglam Rusa of Lawnu Parish gets a new Church

The humble community at #TanglamRusa of Lawnu Parish gets a new Church. Blessed by Most Rev. George Pallipparambil sdb on Sunday 24 October...

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New Church Blessed at Senu Noksa

Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese blessed a new Church at Senua Noksa village of Tissa Parish on Saturday 23 October...

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Apostolic Nuncio Confers Pallium on Shillong Archbishop

Shillong, 16 October: Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal conferred the Pallium on Archbishop Victor Lyngdoh in a solemn Eucharistic celebration held at Mary Help of Christians Cathedral, Laitumkhrah, Shillong on 15 October. Making his maiden visit to North East India, Archbishop Leopoldo Grielli presented the Pallium to the newly appointed Archbishop of Shillong in a concelebrated Holy Mass attended by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Health Minister James Sangma, Member of Parliament Vincent Pala, Archbishop John Moolachira, the President of North East India Regional Bishop’s Council and dignitaries and Bishops from across the region. Pallium is a woolen vestment traditionally conferred by the Pope on Archbishops at the celebration of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome. Pope Francis modified the ritual in 2015; the pallia would be blessed on the same feast at St. Peter’s Basilica and the Archbishops would receive it in a separate ceremony within their home dioceses from the hands of the Apostolic Nuncio. Speaking on the occasion, the Nuncio said, “I am pleased to be here on my first visit to the region and to the State of Meghalaya. I see here a vibrant and participatory Church, which is at the heart of the Holy Father’s synod on synodality”. The Nuncio arrived at Meghalaya for a three-day visit to a warm welcome by the faithful led by the Chief Minister of the State on 14 October. Presenting the Pallium to Archbishop Victor, the Nuncio said, “You represent our Lord who is a Prophet, Priest and King, to preach the good news on every condition, favourable and unfavourable with gentleness and firmness”. He also spoke to the Priests and Women Religious present at the ceremony to keep service at the core of their life. “Remember that we have become Priests to serve the people and not to rule them. We must follow the example of Jesus Christ to lead the people in humility without any distinction on the basis of language, race or tribe.” To the Women Religious he said, “You are a consecrated people, a reminder for all the people to be obedient, chaste and poor and to remind us that we are here as pilgrims. You are called to express the care of the church to the marginalised and the poor and to uphold the dignity of the women by giving them education and a sense of dignity as human being”. Compliance with the government protocols, the ceremony was restricted to limited number of invitees. The ceremony was telecast live for people to witness it from their homes. Addressing the laity present at the ceremony, the Nuncio highlighted the beginning of the two-year Synod on Synodality by Pope Francis on 10 October. “We are in the beginning g of the journey we call synod. We need to learn to listen to create communion to understand others with a different opinion and to share our support to the church”, the Nuncio said. Taking to his microblogging site, Chief Minister Sangma said, “We are blessed to have Most Reverend Leoplodo Girelli, the Apostolic Nuncio to India in our midst today. The Church has stood by us in times of triumphs and hardships and we will always stand by it as it continues to make a difference to people’s lives”. Father Jose Varikaseril,...

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Indigenous Day calls for reviving traditional values says Bishop George

Miao, 10 August: Indigenous Day is a reminder to revive the age-old traditional values of the indigenous people said Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh. “It is not about some important events to mark the day, but it is a call to revive the golden values of our traditional societies, respecting the elders, values of family life, and to understand the importance of our communion with nature and caring for the earth”, said Bishop George at the backdrop of a small function held at Newman School Neotan to mark the World Indigenous Day 2021. The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed every year on 9 August to raise awareness and to protect the rights of the indigenous people. Reminding the students on the importance of learning the mother tongues and being proud of their tribal identity, the Salesian prelate said, “It is sad that many of our youth and children these days try to imitate K-Pop culture. Indigenous Day is a significant occasion to get back to our roots to preserve our unique tribal identity.” According to the latest census of India, Arunachal Pradesh has a population of 1.4 million. Indigenous people constitute more than 70% of the total population, with 26 major tribes and more than 100 sub tribes. Congratulating the school management for encouraging the students to wear their traditional attire for the school, the Bishop said, “Let us not lose our rich tribal identity due to modern technical advancements or to outside invasion. Each of us should not only preserve it but also promote it.” Kohman Ngemu, an indigenous leader from Changlang district, said, “The humble effort to mark the day with the school children today will go a long way in encouraging these kids to be proud of their indigenous identity”. Commenting on the day, Wanglung Mossang, a local dialect promoter of Arunachal Pradesh said, “As indigenous people, we must mark this day and celebrate it every year in order to cling on to our own inherited qualities of love and brotherhood and sharing and caring at is used to be in the days of the old”. In the context of most of the younger generation not being able to speak their local dialects and losing sight of their traditional cultural values, International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is a wakeup call to become aware of the rich values of the the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh, remarked Bishop...

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