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Seva Kendra Arunachal East observes World Environment Day

Seva Kendra Arunachal East (SKAE), the social service wing of the Diocese of Miao, observed the World Environment Day 2019 with a workshop on the theme “Air Pollution” at the Government School in Jothinkaikhe village in Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh. Inaugurating the event, Mr. Mintu Mosahary, the programme coordinator of SKAE said that we cannot stop breathing but we can do something about the quality of air that we breathe. Speaking to the participants as a special guest, Fr. Felix Anthony highlighted the interconnectedness of every creature. “Even the smallest insect has a role to play in keeping up the ecological balance of the environment. Any disturbance to this balance has catastrophic effect as we can see these days”, he said. Highlighting the importance of caring for the future generation, he said, “Planting more trees is best way to show that we care for the environment and for our future generation”. More than 200 plants of various species like ashoka, arjun, jackfruit, series and amla were planted at the end of the event, held in collaboration with Caritas India Farm programme. At the end of program, the Chief of the village, Mr. Kamkhip Mungrey, thanked the organizers for observing the day at his humble village and encouraged people to plant more trees to improve the quality of the air. (Report by Batang Mossang,...

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Christians in Arunachal Pradesh pray for the new Council of Ministers

The people in Arunachal Pradesh held candle light prayer rally to pray for the new Council of Ministers of Government of India on 31 May. Receiving the news of portfolio allocation of the new cabinet ministers of Government of India with enthusiasm, the people in and around Miao in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh took out a candle light prayer rally on 31 May, which coincided with the Feast of the Visitation of Mother Mary. Sending prayerful wishes to the new Council of Ministers, Bishop of George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh, expressed hope that the new team will work to build a more progressive, inclusive and a peaceful country. Inaugurating the prayer rally in Miao, Bishop George, the Social Communication Chairman Bishop of North East India said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given us lot of expectation with his message of Sabka Saath, Saba Vikhas and Sabka Vishwas. We hope he with his new team is able to achieve this goal and lead the nation on the path of peace, development and trust of all the people across the country”. Expressing happiness over the inclusion of Mr. Kiren Rijuju from Arunachal Pradesh to the Council of Ministers, the President of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA), Mr. Taw Tebin said that Mr. Rijuju will represent all our voices in the parliament and as independent Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs he would promote sports talents from North East India, particularly from Arunachal Pradesh. Mr. Mungtang Mossang, the APCA President of east Arunachal Pradesh too expressed hope in the new team of Ministers. “We hope the promise of acche din becomes a reality during this second term of the Prime Minister with his new team of ministers”, he said. The prayer rally that began from the Sacred Heart Church Neotan came to conclude with the Marian Grotto in the village. Similar prayer rallies were held across Arunachal Pradesh to conclude the Month of Mary that began on 1...

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Arunachal youth convention concludes with prayer for peace

A four-day convention for the youth of Arunachal Pradesh concluded with a special prayer for peace in the state and in the country on 22 May at Margherita, Assam. Around 600 youth from the eight districts of eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh concluded their four-day leadership training programme with an appeal for peace in the state and in the country, in the context of the gruesome killing Tirong Aboh, a sitting MLA along with 10 others including his son in Khonsa , Tirap district on 21 May. Addressing the youth at the start of the peace rally, Bishop George Pallipparambil sdb of Miao Diocese appealed to all the youth to work for peace and promote peace. “Peace is the gift we give each other”, he told the youth. “Today I stand before you with so much sorrow in my heart over what happened in Tirap district. This is totally condemnable and we all must put an end to such kind of barbarism in our villages, districts and the state. I look at you with hope, dear young people, that you live in peace and promote peace by obeying the rules of the society, parents and respecting the nature”, said the salesian prelate. The peace rally began from Divine Renewal Retreat Centre, Margherita, with candle light prayer march and with placard with slogans for appeal for peace and for stopping violence. Our country, our state and our districts need peace now more than ever, said Miss Datliam Matey, the North East Regional Youth Representative from east Arunachal Pradesh. “We know with this rally violence will not end but if all 600 of us return to our homes to be peace promoters, peace is possible in our districts, in the state and in the country”, she told the youth.  The killing of Shri. Abho along with his family members and personal security officers sent shock waves across the state. The ambush is suspected to be a handiwork of militant groups operating in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts that share boundaries with Myanmar. The youth leaders decided to conclude the convention with an appeal for peace as some of the delegates at the event were close relatives of Shri. Abho. The peace rally came to conclude with a moment of silent prayer deceased. The youth also took a moment during the rally to pray for the new government to promote peace. The leadership training programme that began on 19 May was organized by the Diocese of Miao in east Arunachal Pradesh in association with National Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, New...

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Arunachal Christians hold candle-light rally to pray for Sri Lanka

Expressing solidarity with the victims of the terrorist bomb attacks in Sri Lank on Easter Sunday, the Catholic community in Arunachal Pradesh conducted special prayer service across the State with candle light rally on 28 April. The Indian Catholic Church had dedicated the 28 April, the second Sunday following Easter this year, which is also celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday, as a day of prayer and solidarity with the Church and the people of island nation. The catholic in Arunachal Pradesh made special prayer service during the Sunday Mass in the morning and Eucharistic Adoration and candle light rally in the evening. Bishop George Pallipparambil sdb, the Bishop of Miao Diocese, expressed grief over the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka. “The sad news of the serial blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter morning is too painful and condemnable.  Sri Lanka as a nation has suffered enough violence in the past. We offer our condolences to the people of Sri Lanka. We assure our prayerful support to the church in Sri Lanka. May the Lord of peace who defeated death itself help the people of Sri Lanka with hope and peace”, read a statement from the Bishop. The youth around Miao held a rally at the local market place in Namphai in Changlang district. “The news coming from Sri Lanka is very painful. What should have been a joyful day turned into a day of mourning and pain for our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka”, said Nangtim Mossang, a youth leader from Miao.   “We have come together today to tell our suffering brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka that they are not alone in this time of great pain. Their agony is ours and we share their grief”, said Mr. Tumen Wangrai, a local Catechist from Changlang district. Around 200 people participated in the rally that began from the Grotto of Sacred Heart in the town and concluded at the town’s Government Higher Secondary School. The rally, which was preceded by Eucharistic Adoration, saw the participation of people from all faith background. The small community of Muslims living in the area and a large number of Hindus too were present. Similar rallies were held at Tezu in Lohit district and Pongchao in Longding district of east Arunachal Pradesh. A string of suicide bomb attacks hit three churches during Easter Sunday morning service in Sri Lanka.  Three luxury hotels packed with tourists were also attacked.  Two of the places of worship were Catholic churches: St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo.  Another blast at the Evangelical Zion Church in the eastern coastal city of Batticaloa also claimed numerous lives. On Wednesday, 3 days after the attacks in Sri Lanka, the death toll climbed to 359 with more than 500...

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Miscreants burn down second oldest Catholic School in Manipur

A group miscreants burned down a reputed and the second oldest Catholic School in Manipur over disciplinary action on some students on 25 April 2019. St. Joseph Higher Secondary School at Sugnu in Chandel district of Manipur lost all its files and records of the last 55 years over the fire by the miscreants at 9pm on 25 April. Father Jacob Chapao, the Director of the Manipur Catholic Youth Organisation, has issued a condemnation letter, slamming the miscreants for the barbaric act. Condemning the incident, Fr. Chapao said, “Such barbaric act vandalism of an educational institution is against the cause of humanity”. The school, which has some 1400 students in the current academic year, took some disciplinary action on six students on Friday last week and they were allowed to attend the class as usual. One of them took to social media to malign the reputation of the school and insult the teacher who was at the class. The school then suspended the six for a month on Monday this week. One of the girls, whose father is alleged to be a militant leader operating in Sugnu area of the district, mobilised the Kuki Student Union (KSO), a local student union based in Chandel to put pressure on the school to revoke the ban. The school refused to give in and this led to burning down the half a century old school, Fr. Chapo said, narrating the incident. The second oldest Catholic school in Manipur, which has been catering to the educational needs of the tribal people, especially the Kukis and the Anals, has lost its office building with all the files and records in the...

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