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Arunachal Village marks 25 Years of Faith with a new Church

Nampong, 11 February: A remote village in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh marked the silver jubilee of becoming Christians with blessing and inauguration of a new church on 10 February 2021. Hetlong is a humble tribal village with 30 families belonging to the Tangsa tribe. The community had their worship in a bamboo structure with tin roof for the last quarter of a century and marked the 25th year of receiving the Catholic faith with a new concrete Church in the presence of guests and dignitaries from around the district. Blessing the new Church, Bishop George Pallipparambil sdb of Miao Diocese, congratulated the community for staying strong in their faith for the last 25 years. He invited them to have a stronger Church now not in terms of building but in faith and encouraged the community to keep alive the flame of faith to withstand the danger that the future is threatening to pose. “In the Bible we see several letters of St. Paul addressed to the Corinthians and Philppians. These communities do not exist today because they did not live according to the teachings of the faith they received. This could happen to us too if we are not fervent in the faith we celebrate today”, he cautioned. The Church, dedicated to Apostle Peter, is a substation under Nampong Parish of Miao Diocese, manned by the Society of the Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier, the Pilar Fathers. Speaking on the occasion, Laisam Simai, local MLA and Advisor for Tourism and IPR & Printing, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, spoke of his personal example of being faithful to the church services. “Wherever I have been, as a student and even today, I always look for the nearest Church to participate in the Sunday services for I have experienced its transformative effects on my life”, said the leader, who is also one of the youngest MLAs of Arunachal Pradesh.  Kothan Mossang, the village leader and one of the firsts to receive Baptism in the village, inaugurated the new church.   Many youth and 30 children received the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion during the inaugural Eucharistic...

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Bethany College of Miao Diocese bags Four Gold Medals in University Results 2020

Namsai, 28 November: With four gold medalists, the Venerable Uktara Bethany College (VUBC), Namsai has produced outstanding results in the recently concluded undergraduate examinations 2020, conducted by Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh. Four students of VUBC, the only Bachelor Degree College of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh, have topped the RGU results declared on Friday, 27 November. Ajam Mossang is a Gold Medalist in Bachelor of Commerce, Kimtu Jugli in History, Chow Luseng Manchey, Geography and Ahhie Megha bagged Gold Medal in Sociology out of the 42 colleges registered under the oldest university of the state. Expressing happiness over the excellent performance of the students, Sister Janet Mendonca, the Principal of the College said, “These students give us hope for the future and satisfaction that our hard work has not gone in vain”. Appreciating the staff for their dedication towards the students, the Bethany Sister said, “All our professors are in their 20’s but their passion and commitment to their role as educators is the primary reason for the outstanding academic performance of the college over the years”. VUBC was established only six years ago by Bishop George Pallipparambil sdb as a response to the repeated requests from parents and students who would often scout for good colleges outside the state. Congratulating the students and the faculty, Bishop George said, “Now that you are the toppers in academic pursuit, may you be the toppers in the examinations of life as well by the quality you demonstrate”. Within six years of its existence, VUBC has produced 10 state level toppers. Began with 55 students in 2014, the first batch of students were graduated in 2017 with two Gold Medalists and seven rank holders. In the subsequent years, the college has continuously produced Gold Medalists and rank holders. In 2018 the college had two Gold Medalists and 11 rank holders and in 2019 two students bagged Gold Medals and 15 were rank holders. The college also has registered a 100% pass result this year with all the 92 students clearing their undergraduate...

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The Church has lost a dear friend in Tarun Gogoi – Archbishop Moolachira

Guwahati, 26 November: With the passing away of former Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi, the Church has lost a dear friend says Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati. After three days of state mourning and stopovers at various places of worship, the mortal remains of the longest serving Chief Minister of Assam was cremated at Nabagraha crematorium, Guwahati on 26 November. In his condolence message on behalf of the Bishops in the North East Region, the President of the North East Regional Bishops’ Council (NERBC), Archbishop Moolachira fondly remembered his contribution to the people of Assam and his association with the Christian community in the state. “He was truly secular. He never made distinctions based on caste, tribe or religion”, said the Archbishop. The Archbishop said, “Mr. Gogoi would often visit the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s House not because Christians formed a large vote bank, in fact Christians formed less than 5% of Assam population, but he noticed the good work done by the Church especially in the field of education, caring for the poor and service to humanity in all kinds of emergency.” The three-time Chief Minister was not only the Chief Guest at a cultural event organized in honour of Bishops of India when the Catholic Bishops Conference of India held its plenary meeting at Guwahati in 2010, but also followed it up by hosting a dinner in their honour, highlighted the Archbishop. The Archbishop also credited the former Chief Minister for bringing normalcy to the state of Assam after a long period of insurgency and for leading the state on the path of peace and development. “As a leader who promoted peace, the former CM recognized and appreciated the peace building efforts led by Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil”, Archbishop said. That he wished to be carried to every religious place before being cremated speaks volumes about his secular spirit and the respect for other religions. With his death the people of Assam has lost its tallest leader and the Church, a dear friend, concluded the Archbishop. The 86-year-old former Chief Minister of Assam passed away on 23 November at Guwahati Medical College due to post Covid-19...

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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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