By Robin Gomes
Neotan, one of the remote villages in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Myanmar, witnessed the inauguration of the biggest church in the state on Wednesday.
Blessing the brand new Sacred Heart Church, the small Mossang tribal community of Neotan in Changlang district celebrated the day when they first embraced the Catholic faith 19 years ago.
Leading the December 5 celebration was Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, the visiting Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI). Among others
Bishop Mascarenhas said that the message of peace, love, forgiveness preached by Jesus Christ is what is needed most in the world today. “In today’s context of hate, discrimination and polarization, the Gospel message can mend
Prior to the inauguration of the Church, the Bishops planted saplings around the Church premise, to stress the importance of conserving and promoting the environment.
Bishops Joseph and George who introduced Neotan village to the Catholic faith 19 years ago congratulated the people for their new church and appreciated them for all the sacrifices they made to realize it.
“It is like our dream come true”, said local catechist
The new church that can accommodate 2000 faithful took two years to complete and was possible mostly because of the people’s sacrifices and local fundraising.
Bishop-designate Hemrom of Dibrugarh released a hymn and Mass prayer booklet in local dialect during the short felicitation programme held at the conclusion of the blessing ceremony.