Thursday, May 20, 2010

Arunachal installs tallest Jesus statue

The opening of the first Cathedral in Miao diocese in Arunachal Pradesh was marked by the installation of a 36-feet-long statue of Jesus, billed as the tallest in India.
State Finance Minister Setong Sena unveiled the statue oon May 2 on a hilltop in the upper colony area of Miao.
The Church and statue overlooks the town and has a 172 steps approach leading to the shrine. For those unable to climb the steps there is a gently winding road.
The fiber glass stature weighing half a tone was created by a Kolkata-based firm, Church Art. It specializes in creating statues other artifacts for churches.
“This towering figure of Christ overseeing the whole of Miao, with open arms, invites everyone to seek peace and live the way of love,” said Bishop P K George of Miao.
Pope Benedict erected the diocese on December 7, 2005 and appointed the Salesian missioner its first bishop.
The newly erected Cathedral was blessed by Cardinal Toppo at the presence of some 12,000 people, including those from different parts of Arunachal and neighboring states.
The diocese, which covers East Arunachal area has some 70,000 Catholics, according to officials.
The world’s tallest statues of Jesus is the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro which is 39.6 meters followed by two 32-meter-high statues of Jesus Christ in the North Sulawesi Province of Indonesia and Christ of Vung Tau on Mount Nho in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province of Vietnam respectively.

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