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

Miao: In the midst of painful stories of women and children emerging from Ukraine caused by the full-scale Russian invasion, a group of women from Miao in Arunachal Pradesh marked International Women’s Day with a special solidarity prayer for them at Sacred Heart Church, Neotan in Changlang district, on March 7, 2022.

“Heart breaking images of children and women are everywhere. Ukraine is reeling under pain and there is blood bath with no hope to the end of this mindless war,” said Likro Mossang, 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,” she said.

A group of 70 women from Christ the Light Church, Miao, and Sacred Heart Church, Neotan, attended the prayer meet for 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. History teaches us whenever we have prayed with one heart and mind, our prayer have always 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 women and children. From this corner of the 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 the 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 meet.

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