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Bishops of NE India appeal for peace amid unrest in Manipur

Guwahati, 4 May 2023: In the wake of large-scale violence and unrest in Manipur, the Catholic Bishops of North East India have appealed for restrain and peace in the state on 4 May 2023. Speaking on behalf of all the Bishops of North East India Regional Bishops’ Council (NEIRBC), Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati, said the images and videos from Imphal, the capital town, and across the state, being shared on different social media platforms was sad and disturbing. “Violence is never the answer for any lasting solution. Violence begets violence and it leaves an indelible scar in the mind of the people. The North East Region is unique and the rest of the country looks up to us for our gentleness, warmth, hospitality and rich cultural heritage. What is happening in Manipur since Wednesday is sad and frightening and it does not represent who we really are,” read the note from the President of NEIRBC. The appeal comes a day after worrying report of large-scale arson, vandalism, clashes and unrest emerged from Imphal, Bishnupur and Morey areas of Manipur due to some misunderstanding between two sections of the people over Scheduled Tribe status. “Manipur is a beautiful state where different communities have peacefully co-existed for centuries. We should not allow this harmonious coexistence to be disturbed due to misunderstanding fanned by rumours”, the note read. The state government has issued curfew and internet lockdown orders since last night to contain the violence. In extreme cases, the district magistrates are asked to issue shoot at sight order. Appealing for an amicable solution to the issue through dialogue, the note implored the people of Manipur to stop all the violence and vandalism and to work towards restoration of normalcy. “It is sad and unfortunate that a problem over a ST status is being given a religious colour by burning of many churches. Loss of lives and huge damage to property of residents have brought lives to an uncertain and painful halt. We appeal to every single person in Manipur to work for calm and restoration of normal life”, the note read. As per the latest report, the situation seems to have been brought under control after huge deployment of Army and paramilitary forces across the state. Expressing solidarity with all those affected by this unrest, the Bishops of North East India have requested everyone to pray for peace and normalcy in Manipur and across the...

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Books released on two French Missionaries killed in Arunachal Pradesh

Tezu, 8 May 2023: Two books were released on the two French Missionaries killed on their way to Tibet through Arunachal Pradesh at the closing session of the diocesan inquiry of their cause of Sainthood, on 30 April 2023 at St. Peter’s Church, Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh. Two French Missionaries of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris, Fathers Nicholas Michael Krick and Augustine Etienne Bourry were killed by an Arunachali tribe’s man in the year 1854 on their way to Tibet. Bishop George Pallipparambil SDB of Miao diocese has been pursuing their cause of Beatification and Canonization from 2013 onwards. Having completed all the formal procedures, the diocese formally closed its local inquiry on 30 April in a large gathering of faithful and priests from all over east Arunachal Pradesh. On this historical occasion, Padmasree Mamang Dai released a book titled ‘The First Martyrs of North East India’ which contains extracts from the original letters of the two missionaries on their journey to Tibet between the years 1851 – 1854, and another book titled ‘Blood and Blessing’ a musical on the life of the two missionaries who walked through the Mishmi Hills along the Lohit River in Arunachal Pradesh. Releasing the books, Padmasree Dai, who has also authored a book on Frs. Krick and Bourry titled ‘The Black Hill’, said, “I feel blessed to be part of this important event. It was my quest for spiritual fulfilment that led me to the life of these two valiant missionaries and to their hometown in France. The closing session was attended by Bishop George Pallipparambil SDB of Miao Diocese, Bishop Emeritus Joseph Aind SDB and Bishop Dennis Panipitchai SDB. After reaching India in 1848, Krick searched for a way to cross the Himalayas to enter the forbidden land called Tibet. After spending time studying Tibetan language at Guwahati in Assam, he journeyed on through Arunachal Pradesh towards the Tibetan border, crossing through areas inhabited by the Adi, Mishmi and Lhoba tribes. Finally, on January 16, 1852, he made his way to the village of Somme, near the present-day juncture of Tibet, India, and Myanmar (Burma).  Tibet at that time was a closed kingdom. Nobody was allowed in, and Fr. Krick faced great opposition from the unfriendly locals who were determined to keep him out. The Frenchman could find nowhere to sleep, and the people refused to sell him any food. To survive in order to give the good news of Christ’s story of Salvation, the missionary “was forced to collect grains of rice that had fallen on the ground and to scavenge for the disgusting leftovers from other people’s meals, which even dogs refused to touch.” After a few days of serving the people there, the locals drove Nicolas Krick out of their town and back across the border into Arunachal Pradesh in India. After recovering, Krick made plans to re-enter Tibet. This time, he was accompanied by a young recruit, Augustin Etienne Bourry, who hailed from La Chapelle-Largeau, France. After graduating from the Missions Etrangères de Paris in 1852, Bourry applied to join the mission to Tibet and met up with Krick in India on December 10, 1853. On the following February 19th, the duo started their journey toward Tibet, with their sights set firmly on reaching Lhasa, the...

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Fr. Bitto is the 30th Priest of Miao Diocese

Congratulations and God’s Blessings to the newly ordained Priest of Miao Diocese. Ordained today, 17 April 2023, by Bishop George Pallipparambil in in Kerala, Fr. Joseph (Bitto) Kattamkottil becomes the 30th Priest of Miao Diocese. Join us in thanking God for this...

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Chrism Mass held at Khonsa

Chrism Mass is one of the most solemn and important liturgies of Catholic Calendar, in which the Oils used for the Sacraments are blessed and in which all the priests renew their priestly promises. The Chrism Mass of Miao Diocese this year was celebrated at Christ the King Parish, #Khonsa with a large gathering of priests, women religious and faithful on Thursday, 30 March...

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Pilgrims visit Christ the Light Shrine Miao

Pilgrims from the near by state of Assam and all around Miao Diocese visit Christ the Light Shrine, Miao as part of their effort towards spiritual renewal during this season of Lent. Pilgrims have been visiting the Shrine since the beginning of Lenten Season this year. More than 500 pilgrims have already visited the Shrine from Domduma, Roing, Diyun and Tezu parishes. More pilgrims will be making their pilgrimage to the Shrine as we get closer to the Holy...

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