CBCI Secretary General Urges North East Youth to Believe in Themselves
 

Tura (CBCI News) The Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), Most Rev. Theodore Mascarenhas urged the people to appreciate the gift of faith and celebrate God’s love with thanksgiving in their hearts. Christian message of forgiveness and love for others can be a wonderful testimony to the people of other faiths in this vast country, he said. Bishop Mascarenhas was speaking during the Mass on November 12, Sunday at the newly built Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Tura, Meghalaya. He said the already magnificent shrine will be more beautiful if it is filled with people praying to the Sacred Heart to bless the town, the diocese and the country. Reminding packed devotees that God is love, he said that we need to be grateful to God for his immense love for us. All of us need to be like the one Samaritan cleansed leper who came and to thank Jesus for the healing he received. It would be regrettable if we are like the nine lepers who never came back to show gratitude to Jesus even after receiving such the unthinkable miracle of being cleansed from the then incurable leprosy. He also revealed that he was taken up by the devotion of the people during the spiritual celebration. Bishop Andrew R. Marak and several priests concelebrated in the Mass on the occasion of the annual Thanksgiving Day.  The Secretary General, who heads the CBCI secretariat in New Delhi, was making his first visit to the diocese of Tura. He thanked Bishop Andrew, the priests, clergy and faithful for their warm welcome and hospitality.

After the Mass the Bishop together with Member of Parliament from Tura, Shri Conrad K Sangma, held an interactive session with the youth. The MP urged the youth to have clear goals in life and strive hard to achieve success.  Bishop Mascarenhas said: “I love the tribals, their culture and way of life and I want the tribal people of India to make great progress”. He exhorted the youth to believe in themselves and be willing to work hard in order to achieve their goals because tribals are second to none. He also noted that the church in Northeast has contributed much to the region especially in education, health care and overall development. The Bishop offered to assist youth of the region who move to other parts of the country for work or study. The CBCI is keenly interested in rendering pastoral care to the Catholic youth of Northeast India through the dioceses and parishes across the country, he said.  The program included several dances and songs showcasing the beauty of the Garo tribal culture.

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