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Arunachal Missionary Nun receives International Human Rights Award

A missionary Nun, Doctor Rose Tom, working in Arunachal Pradesh is conferred with ‘International Human Rights” award 2019 for her healthcare services in the last villages of Arunachal Pradesh by a Delhi-based International Human Rights Council on 9 December, at the India Islamic Centre Auditorium in the presence of invitees from all over the country and abroad. Doctor Sister Rose Tom, who hails from Kottayam District in Kerala, a Gynecologist, with more than 33 years of work experience from across the country, is currently working for the last four years at the Krick and Bourry Memorial (KBM) Hospital in Injan village of Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh. “I am totally humbled by this honour”, said the 67 year old Nun, who belongs to the Sacred Heart (SH) Congregation of Pala Province, Kerala. She came to Arunachal in 2015, responding to the special invitation from Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese, to serve in KBM Hospital, the only Church-run hospital in the north eastern state, bordering Myanmar and China. Speaking on the occasion, she said, “Healthcare service is still major concern for the people in Arunachal.” According to a recent report, the Arunachal’s Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) is 36 deaths per 1000 births, the highest figure recorded in the state since 2000 and one of the worst in the country. “We are doing our best first of all to educate and spread awareness among the people to reduce the IMR in the state through our mobile clinics and village health workers”, said the awardee, who has done her MD in Padova University, Italy and DGO in Dublin, Ireland. Accepting the award, she said, “This award is for the hundred of health workers like me, who walk for days to care for the sick in the last villages of Arunachal Pradesh”. Bishop George too congratulated Doctor Rose Tom for the honour and said that she rightly deserves the award. “Dr. Sr. Rose Tom, with her years of experience and expertise is a doctor for the people. When she was told of the need for a Doctor in KBM Hospital, she at once relinquished her duty as a medical superintendent in a big hospital in Kerala and moved to Arunachal. She has indeed become a blessing for the people around. More than the health care per se, the awareness imparting role that she plays is more important as many deaths are caused to due to the ignorance of the people”, he said. The missionary Sister receiving the award is not only a big honour for the state but it also highlights the lack of proper healthcare for the people living in hilltops of Arunachal...

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Extraordinary Missionary Month inaugurated with a prayer guide in Miao Diocese

The Extraordinary Missionary Month (EMM) of October 2019 announced by Pope Francis was inaugurated with a prayer guide booklet for prayer intentions for the mission stations in Miao Diocese of Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. Responding to the Pope’s call to celebrate the month of October 2019 as Extraordinary Missionary Month to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, the faithful in the northeastern most region of India inaugurated the month of October with a special prayer intention booklet and Rosary procession across the diocese. Releasing a small booklet prepared for the event, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese said the month should make everyone aware that the primary duty of the Church is to make Christ known to all the people. “I hope this booklet helps everyone to make an extra effort to make this month days of deep reflection on the call of everyone to be a missionary”, he said. The booklet contains a brief reflection for each day of the month and prayer intentions for all the mission stations in the Diocese and concludes with a short prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Miao Diocese has drawn up a huge action plan to make everyone participate in the EMM, that includes animations for Catechists, men and women groups, Eucharistic procession and prayer rally scheduled to be held all over the month of October. People also expressed happiness to be part of this global event of the Church. “Such events of the Church not only make participate but it also makes us aware that we belong to the Universal Church”, said a believer at the end of the first day of...

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North East based tour operator bags National Tourism Award

International Pilgrimage Revolution (IPR) a North East based tour operator bagged National Tourism Award for the Best Inbound Tour Operator category at the World Tourism Day celebrations in New Delhi on 27 September 2019. Receiving the award on behalf of IPR, Rev. Fr. Tomy Joseph, a Catholic Priest based in Miao Diocese of Arunachal Pradesh, said this award will give the entire North East region some much-needed visibility. “North East region has a huge tourism scope. Sparing a few places, the region has not found a place in the wish list of the tourists. We hope this award will attract more tourists to the region and IPR can facilitate them for a hassle-free visit”. Fr. Joseph received the award from Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel in the presence of Secretary-General of World Tourism Organisation Zurab Pololikashvili. Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese, who was instrumental in bringing IPR to North East region, too expressed joy over the award.  “Each State in the North East Region has its unique and identity and beauty. It has every feature to become a tourist’s delight. This award will go a long way in capturing the attention of the tourists across the world”, said the Salesian prelate. In its first move to promote tourism in the region, IPR brought a group of 13 Germans for a week-long trip to the North East. They visited Kaziranga National Park, Majuli Island, Sibsagar Rang Ghar, Namsai Golden Pagoda, Miao Tibetan Settlement, Jairampur World War Cemetery and Namdapha National Park from 22 to 27 September. “It is the first time we have experienced such a beautiful culture, traditional houses and food”, said Mr. Hild who visited India for the fourth time. “This is an overwhelming experience and totally different”, said Ms. Eisenreich who visited India for the sixth time. A North East based operator winning National Tourism Award and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu taking a tough stance on promotion of tourism in the State augurs well for the scope of tourism in the...

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Plantation and cleanliness drive mark Earth Day Network mega event in Arunachal Pradesh

Seva Kendra Arunachal East (SKAE) participated in the mega event conducted across India by Earth Day Network with awareness session on waste management and plantation and cleanliness drive in Namphai town of Changlang district on 20 September. SKAE, the social service wing of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh, brought together student community, self-help groups, youth, women association and public leaders from around Changlang district at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Namphai to spread awareness on environment protection to participate in the mega event held across India on the same day. Speaking at the awareness session, Chief Guest Apolo James Lungphi, Extra Additional Commissioner for Miao and Vijaynagar sub-divisions of Changlang districted, highlighted the critical situation of the environment across the globe. “This is the time to act”, he said. “With the Amazon Forest on fire for the past few weeks, it is everyone’s duty to do his or her bit to protect and promote the environment”. Around 200 people participated in the awareness event that discussed on water and air pollution, waste management, the threat plastic use poses to the environment and alternative solutions to plastic use. The Circle Range Forest Officer Tage Mali advocated for the inclusion of tree plantation in the academic curriculum for the students to encourage them plant more trees.  “Planting trees around is a major step towards the promotion of the environment. Every school in the district should make it mandatory for the students to plant trees to get promoted”, he said. Speaking on behalf of the Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society and the Self Help Groups, Mrs. Nganpa Mossang expressed her gratitude to SKAE and Caritas India, the sponsor of the event for spreading awareness among the youth group and student community. Fr. Edvin Prabhu too spoke on behalf of the SKAE. The mega event ended with planting saplings and cleaning the market area of Namphai town by the...

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Canonization process of Arunachal Martyrs gains momentum

The Canonization process of the French Missionaries, Fathers Nicolas Michael Krick and Augustin-Etienne Bourry, who were martyred in Arunachal Pradesh 165 years ago, gained momentum with the constitution and inauguration of the Diocesan Board of Inquiry at St. Peter’s Church, Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh on 14 September 2019. In the presence of Priests, Women Religious and a large number of people from around eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, the new members of the Diocesan Board of Inquiry took oath to discharge their duties faithfully according to the norms of the Church, during a solemn Eucharistic celebration at the Catholic Church in the capital town of Lohit District. The work of the beatification of the two French Missionaries belonging to the France’s Societe des Missions Etrangeres de Paris (MEP) or the Society of the Parish Foreign Missions is actively promoted by the Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese. The two French missionaries were killed by Mishmi Chief of Somme village, bordering China, on their way to Tibet in the year 1854. After receiving a favourable opinion of the North East Regional Bishops’ Council, Bishop George obtained Nihil Obstat from the Congregation for the Cause of the Saints. He then appointed a Historical Commission to collect all the works of these two Servants of God and also a report of the same commission, appointed Theological censors who made a study on the available resources and affirmed the orthodoxy of their writings without any error in faith and morals. “Today is an important event of the Church in Arunachal Pradesh”, Bishop George said at the beginning of a solemn Eucharistic celebration. “With the constitution of the Diocesan Board of Inquiry today, we enter into the second stage of our efforts to bring these two holy men on their way Sainthood”. “As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross today, we pray that the work we undertake for these two holy men, who shed their blood on our soil, will soon bear fruit”, he said. The new Diocesan Board of Inquiry consisted of the Diocesan Bishop, Postulator for the Cause of Canonization, an Episcopal delegate, a Promoter of Justice, Notary and copyist. Bishop George has appointed Rev. Fr. Dr. Antonysamy Savarimuthu, Director, Centre of Canon Law Studies, Bangalore, as Postulator, Fr. Tomy Joseph, Episcopal Delegate, Fr. Joy Manickathan, Promoter of Justice, Sr. Sunita Parmar and Fr. Felix Anthony, Notaries and Frs. Joseph P. Xavier and Subhash Michal as copyists. The people of Tezu, a Mishmi tribe town expressed joy at the new impetus the process of Canonization has gained. Mrs. Catherine Boo, an illustrious catholic from the town said “We are very happy to see the progress with the process of Canonization. We pray that this day will remove the blot of stains we have acquired because of the killing by own tribe’s man 165 years ago. The new Board of Inquiry also received depositions from three witnesses during the Holy Mass, who obtained spiritual benefits through the intercessory powers of the two Servants of God. Another 18 witnesses recorded their testimony with the Board of Inquiry after the Mass. Krick was 35 and Bourry just 28 when they were killed. The mortal remains are still enshrined and preserved by the people of Somme village. The constitution of the Diocesan Board of...

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