Catholic Church in Nagaland joined with the rest of the Catholic Churches in the country in praying for peace, harmony and spirit of reconciliation on Sunday.
On the anniversary of Kandhamal riots, where communal violence broke out following the murder of Swami Laxmanandanda Swaraswati in Kandhamal in Orissa on August 23, 2008, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) called for special prayer for tribals affected by the communal violence in Orissa.
Holy Cross Church, Dimapur responding with the call, observed the anniversary of Kandhamal riots and prayed for the persecuted Christian as well and for persons who created violence.
Maintaining the need for prevalence of peace, tranquility and harmony, Rev. Fr. Chakcho, Parish Priest, Holy Cross Church, Dimapur urged parishioners to join in solidarity with other Christians in praying for the affected victims of the communal riots and also for suffering Christians in the region.
Earlier, the main celebrant of Eucharist, Rev. Fr. George Angami, principal of Holy Cross Higher Secondary School in his sermon emphasized on freedom of choice, decision and commitment. Taking the example of Joshua and Peter in the Bible, he urged the congregation to commit to each other and to Church in serving the Lord.
Students from Trinity Theological College, Thahekhu, Dimapur also joined the celebration of the Eucharist and presented a special song. Prayer service was also organized in Cathedral Church Kohima for the affected victims in Orissa and for peace and harmony in the region.
Secretary to the Bishop of Nagaland, Rev. Fr. Benny, when contacted disclosed that constant prayers have been offered for the suffering Christians in Orissa and other parts of the world and for peace in the world especially in India.