Northeast India is linked to the rest of the country by only a narrow strip of land. It is one of India’s poorest regions and often a site of unrest.
In relative terms, the Church is young here. It took root generally at the end of the 19th century, but only in the last few decades has it reached the more remote regions of India. There are about two million Catholics in the northeast, most of whom belong to ethnic minorities.
The northeastern diocese of Bongaigaon is located in the state of Assam. About 35 million people live in Assam; 67,000 of them are Catholic. Within the diocese, at least a dozen different languages are spoken.
In India, the Gospel was first announced by foreign missionaries. Today, the Church is represented by indigenous priests. There are currently 23 men from Bongaigaon preparing for ordination; they come primarily from poor families who cannot contribute to their formation.
ACN has stepped in to help with a contribution of $10,500.
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