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Lenten Retreat concludes at Tezu

A three-day spiritual retreat was conducted at St. Peter’s Parish Church, Tezu, to help people prepare for the upcoming paschal festivities from Friday, 25 March to Sunday 27 March 2022 at the Parish Church. Rev. Father Francis Belo MSFS (the first and the only tribal priest from Arunachal Pradesh) and his team from Holy Redeemer Retreat Center Kaying, Sinag District led the faithful of St Peter’s Catholic Church, Tezu with a deeply spiritual inner healing retreat. Responding to the positive response of the people to the retreat, Father Thomas Mani, the Parish Priest of Tezu, said, “It is the first time we have witnessed such a huge crowd in the parish. During the retreat many were healed, blessed, touched and transformed by the Lord. Many came forward to give thanks and witness”. The faithful thanked the Parish Priest and his team for helping them prepare for Easter with this spiritual...

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North East Catholics join Pope to consecrate Ukraine and Russia

Guwahati, March 25, 2022: The Catholic bishops of northeastern India on March 25 responded to the appeal of Pope Francis and spiritually joined him in consecrating Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the wake of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, the Pope had requested Christians and bishops across the world to join him spiritually in the penitential celebration ’24 Hours for the Lord’ where he consecrated the warring neighboring countries to Mother Mary. Inviting the people in his archdiocese to pray along with the rest of the world, Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati said, “We need peace. We are pained by the suffering of people in both these countries. The leaders of these two countries need our prayers that they may have the gift of wisdom and courage to take steps towards peace.” The archbishop also noted that the prayer of consecration prepared by the Pope has been translated into many tribal languages and made available to the public. “Many of our parish churches have arranged Way of the Cross in the evening followed by Holy Mass and the prayer of consecration,” said Archbishop Moolachira, who is also the president of the North East India Regional Bishops’ Council. Bishop Albert Hemrom of Dibrugarh too joined the prayer of consecration. “We need peace now more than ever. The world is just on the way to recovery after two long years of trying times caused by the pandemic. War is the last thing that humanity needs now,” said the prelate who is also the chairman for North East Social Communication. Speaking at the backdrop of the annual general body meeting of NESCOM at Inspiration in Guwahati, Assam, Bishop Hemrom said, “We pray with the Holy Father that God may give peace to this ailing world”. Addressing the participants of the meeting, Archbishop Emeritus Thomas Menamparampil highlighted how war in any part of the world has its global impact. “Even though only Ukraine and Russia are in conflict, its repercussions are seen all over the world, because we are all connected to each other. We are one big family. We cannot and should not fight,” said the Salesian prelate who has worked for peace in the region for more than fifty years. Bishop Lumen Monteiro of Agartala led his people in Tripura state to conduct Eucharistic Adoration prior to the prayer of consecration. Echoing the words of Patrick Kelly, the fourteenth and current supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Monteiro said, “I join Pope Francis to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Prayer has won wars. While the benefits of our prayers may not be as tangible as dollars spent on food or medicine, we trust their effects are even more important.” Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao in Arunachal Pradesh wrote to Catholics in his diocese to join the prayer of consecration. “There is hope when we pray. When all our human efforts fail, God takes control. We pray with the Holy Father for peace in both these countries and in the rest of the world,” the Salesian prelate said. Similar prayer of consecration was held in Kohima in Nagaland, Aizawl in Mizoram, Shillong, Jowai, Nongstoin and Tura in Meghalaya, Diphu, Bongaigaon, Tezpur and Dibrugarh in Assam, Imphal in Manipur, and...

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Miao Diocese to join the Consecration of Ukraine and Russia

The Diocese of Miao will join the Holy Father’s Consecration of Ukraine and Russia with special prayers, Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration on 25 March 2022. Bishop George has appealed to each centre in the Diocese to join the Consecration according to the convenient time corresponding to the Consecration by the Holy Father in the Vatican City. Accordingly each centre is gearing up with preparation to join the...

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Bishop George appeals children to pray for the Ukraine Children

Miao, 11 March: In the wake of airstrikes hitting a kindergarten in Dnipro city of Ukraine on 10 March, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao diocese in Arunachal Pradesh has appealed to the children to pray for their counterpart in war-torn Ukraine. In a note addressed to all in the north eastern most corner of India, the Bishop has expressed deep sadness by the loss of lives of civilians, children and women in the ‘midst of the painful happenings in Ukraine’. “What we are seeing and reading leaves us with a lump in our throat. Words fail us to express our pain and anguish. I suggest that we continue our prayer. I also appeal to all our children in the diocese to pray the ‘Our Father, as many times as possible for the suffering children and families. Let us target a minimum of one million. The Our Father has the greatest need of today, “give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us as we forgive’, the note read. He further invited all in the diocese to express their solidarity by ‘sparing something for these people who have lost everything and will be homeless for a long time”. The women in the diocese also prayed for their Ukrainian counterpart on Tuesday on the occasion of   International Women’s Day. In the meantime, no breakthrough came from the highest-level Ukraine-Russia meeting on Thursday. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov reached no significant agreement in Antalya, Turkey, in the countries’ first cabinet-level meeting since the start of the invasion on Feb....

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Miao Women pray for Ukrainian Women on International Women’s Day

Miao, 7 March 2022: In the midst of painful stories of women and children emerging from Ukraine caused by full scale invasion by Russia, a group of women from Miao in Arunachal Pradesh marked the International Women’s Day with special solidarity prayer for them at Sacred Heart Church, Neotan in Changlang district, on 7 March 2022. “Heart breaking images of children and women are everywhere. Ukraine is reeling under pain and there is blood path with no hope to the end of this mindless war”, said Likro Mossang, the President of Women Commission of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh. “We stand in solidarity with them and pray for them this Women’s Day that there will soon be an end to their agony”. A group of 70 women from Christ the Light Church, Miao and Sacred Heart Church, Neotan attended the prayer meet for the Ukrainian women and children.   Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao diocese led the prayer and reminded the women of their special duty to pray especially for the women in Ukraine. “Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have. The history teaches us whenever we have prayed with one heart and mind, our prayer always has been answered. This Women’s Day let us stand in solidarity with all the women in Ukraine who are separated from their families and children and have taken shelter in underground passages”, the Salesian prelate said. Echoing the words of Pope Francis last Sunday, Bishop George said “There is blood and tears flowing in Ukraine and the number of victims is increasing, especially mother and children. From this corner of this world, we pray for them and for the end of this war. May peace and normalcy return to Ukraine and Russia and in the whole world”. Sister Mary Sarkar, the Secretary of Women Commission in Miao diocese said theme of the celebration this year ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’ would be relevant to women only if the women in Ukraine are out of their tragedy caused by this gruesome war. “We hope that tomorrow will be better for the women in Ukraine”, Sarkar said. The war, now in its 12th day, has caused 1.5 million people to flee Ukraine and there is pain and suffering everywhere. We pray that there will soon be an end to all this, said Sister Sunita Parmar, a Carmelite Nun, at the end of the prayer...

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