Shillong, Nov 10: Thousands of faithful of the Catholic faith on Sunday braved the rain and bad weather to took part in the annual Eucharistic Procession in Shillong.
The procession was presided by Cardinal Charles Bo, Cardinal of Myanmar during a Special Service at the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Shillong.
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).
The Eucharistic Procession which commenced at 1:30 PM concluded with the Benediction at the Calvary.
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.
He also said that “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 also said that Archbishop Jala’s demise was a great loss to the northeast and the whole of India.
Cardinal Charles Bo pointed out that the Church is not an income generating NGO, but Church is the hope generating faith community.
“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 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.