1992-10-09 00:00:00

One of the world´s highest Catholic missions was opened Aug. 24 when the Missionaries of Charity (MC) sisters set up their new home at Choglamser in Ladakh, a land of Lamas and Indo-Tibetans.

The house is 3,485 meters above sea level in a sparsely populated, barren and stony region in the northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Known as the "roof of the world," the region, some 900 kilometers north of New Delhi, experiences extreme heat during the day and severe cold at night.

Since 1978 missioners, including Capuchin Bishop Hippolytus Kunnunkal of Jammu-Srinagar, visited Ladakh district headquarters in Leh to explore the possibilities of opening a mission in the Buddhist town.

The MC sisters were accompanied by two priests who work in the diocese.

A form of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism with a pantheon of Buddhist deities is practiced in Ladakh. Monasteries are traditional centers of religious and cultural activity.


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