His Holiness the Dalai Lama appreciates book “The Cross on the Roof’ by Fr. George Thirumalachalil

By Matters India Reporter

Darjeeling: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has lauded a Salesian priest’s book on the history of the Catholic Church in Tibet.

“His Holiness was very interested to know the history of the missionaries to Tibet and the hazardous journeys and experiences they endured crossing the difficult terrains of Tibet,” says an email letter from the Dalai Lama’s secretary Chhime R. Chhoekyapa to Father Tomy Augustine, rector of Salesian College in Sondada, West Bengal.

The book, “Cross on the Roof,” a brief history of the Catholic Church in Tibet and Nepal, was authored by Salesian Father George Thirumalachalil. It was published at the Salesian College in Sonada, West Bengal, in collaboration the Nepal Don Bosco Society, Kathmandu.

The book was released online October 18 from the Indian cities of Kolkata, Siliguri, Sonada, Darjeeling, and Miao (Arunachal Pradesh), besides Kathmandu and Rome.

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