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New Catholic churches at Shamator town
Published on 16 Jun. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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Nazareth Church Leangkonger and St. Francis Church Shamator were blessed on June 13 by Archbishop Dominic Lumon Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Kohima. The occasion was graced by Vicar General Rev. Fr. Carolus Neisalhou, 22 priests and 16 sisters and a large number of faithful from Leangkonger, Shamator and neighbouring villages and parishes.
Arch bishop while exhorting the community called everyone to impart the mercy and love of God. He said the church is the meeting place of God and man and as children of God, all have received love and forgiveness which they were called to share with every one.
The Nazareth church at Leangkonger was inaugurated by Fr. Devassay Puthussery a pioneer in bringing the catholic faith to Tuensang and Mon area. Rev. Fr. Carolus Neisalhou Vicar general of the diocese inaugurated St. Francis Church, Shamator.
On the occasion a book titled “Nunu Amukheahpu Lakhi” {What you should know} was released by Rev. Fr. Mathew Keemattam. Fürhesie, EAC Shamator speaking on behalf of the public acknowledged the yeoman service of the Catholic Church to the public at various fields.
The community expressed gratitude to Thomas, Engineer in the administrative department of DC Tuensang for his timely guidance in constructing the Church.
Liturgical hymns sung for the occasion in the traditional Yimchunger tones added beauty and melody to the festive occasion and reminded those gathered to uphold the traditional legacy.
According to Father Fr. Benny Varghese, Secretary to Apostolic Administrator, Diocese of Kohima there are more than 500 members belonging to this small Catholic community. The presence of Catholic Church has brought a tremendous growth in the educational, health care and social development within a short span of time in this area. Pastoral guidance and accompaniment of Rev. Fr. Francis Yimso has helped the community to promote cultural heritage of the Nagas in general and Yimchunger tribe in particular both in the national and international forums.
The new built church at Shamator is situated on the hill ‘Mongtsuwong’ {Peace mountain}.

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