Bishops from the northeast region, on Wednesday, urged the faithful of the Catholic church to take up the challenge of “bringing more people to Christ”.
Archbishop of Guwahati, Most Rev John Moolachira, made the appeal during the Laity associations of the Kohima diocese meeting with the northeast Bishops held at St Mary’s Cathedral Church in Kohima.
Laity associations of the Kohima Diocese include the Catholic Association of Nagaland (CAN), Nagaland Catholic Women Association (NCWA), and the Nagaland Catholic Youth Movement (NCYM).
While interacting with the people, the archbishop shared that the northeast is admired by bishops from outside the region due to the presence of the dynamic church in the region.
Moolachira, who is also the president of the North East India Regional Bishop’s Council (NEIRBC), said that the faithfuls of the church in the region have always stood with the bishops. He further acknowledged the unity of the Church.
Expressing his pride for the catholics in the region, he challenged the faithfuls to take up the challenge and bring people to Christ.
He also assured that the the bishop’s council will take more interest to have such interfaces with the laity.
Elias Lotha, former president of CAN in his address urged the bishops to deliberate on the concerns of laity on how to carry forward the work of evangelization. He proposed that dialogues between the laity and bishops be held in this regard.
According to the CAN President Johnny Ruangmei, one reason for the existence of the church in NE India is the bishops. Acknowledging the role of bishops, he hoped that the bishop’s conference which concludes on Thursday add another glory to face with the challenges that the church encounters.
Archbishops and bishops from across the region are in Kohima for a two-day conference at Mount Tabor in Kohima.