Eucharistic Procession held in Shillong
Newmai News Network
Shillong, Nov 10: A large number of faithful of the Catholic faith took part in the annual Eucharistic Procession, which was held in Shillong on Sunday.
A special service was held at the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Shillong.
In keeping with his promise to (late) Archbishop Dominic Jala, Cardinal Charles Bo, Cardinal of Myanmar was the main celebrant at the Holy Mass held at 10 AM.
The Eucharistic Procession which commenced at 1:30 pm concluded with the Benediction at the Calvary.
Cardinal Charles Bo is also the president of the Federation of Asian Bishop’s Conference (FABC), Member of the Pontifical Council for Culture and Consecrated Life (Rome) and Member of the Pontifical Commission for Communication (Rome).
Cardinal Charles Bo who presided over the Holy Eucharist, expressed his sadness over the absence of (late) Archbishop Jala, who died in a road accident in the USA on October 10.
“It would have seen an immense joy to see his smile and presence, but life is a mystery and I am deeply saddened by his absence, the empty chair in the Cathedral,” Cardinal Charles Bo said.
He said that today was his very first in his life to this part of India. According to him, he had heard so much of the Church in North East India and had been inspired by the stories narrated by Archbishop Jala, about the deep faith and the spread of the Church in the North East.
Cardinal Charles Bo said also said that Archbishop Jala’s demise was a great loss to the North East and the whole of India.
“He has gone to celebrate the eternal liturgy, our life is always a call to belief in faith. We believe in the communion of saints. I strongly believe Archbishop Jala’s spirit hovers over this function. He will never forget his flock and he will be overjoyed to see this function from heaven,” Cardinal Charles Bo said.
“I come from Myanmar, a country of seven major tribes and 135 sub-tribes, we share your border, we share your culture. Catholic Church is an indigenous Church,” he said.
Cardinal Charles Bo then said that out of 16 dioceses, 14 are made up of totally indigenous people living a Eucharistic community sharing everything and not exploiting one another.
“The indigenous community has a lot to teach about the sharing theology of Eucharist,” he added.