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Archbishop Menamparampil of Guwahati Nominated for Nobel Prize

June 1, 2011 by  
Filed under lead story, Persecution

Archbishop Thomas MenamparampilA popular Italian magazine has recommended Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati for the Nobel peace prize. Il Bollettino Salesiano, in its June edition, published a four-page story entitled “A Bishop for Nobel Prize.” The magazine, which was established in 1877, has wide circulation all over Italy. The 74-year old archbishop has successfully led seven major peace initiatives in the last 15 years. The Joint Peace Team (JPT) of northeast India under his leadership intervened in the following conflicts: Bodo-Adivasi (1996), Kuki-Paite (1998), Dimasa-Hmar (2003), Karbi-Kuki (2003), Dimasa-Karbi (2004), Bodo-Muslim at Udalguri (2010) and Rabha-Garo (2011). “Church people negotiating peace in a conflict situation may not be considered a politically correct act,” the archbishop said. “But when the Church leaders and eminent citizens from warring factions join me in the conflict resolution process, it is making the Word of God come alive in the lives of people,” he added. Besides being a special invitee to the synod of Bishops for Asia and on the Word of God, Menamparampil is currently president of northeast India bishops` conference, national chairman of Bishops Commission for Education & Culture and chairman of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conference commission for Evangelization. A member of several Vatican Commissions, the prelate is a recipient of the prestigious Mumbai-based Maschio Humanitarian Award in 1998.
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