Posts Tagged ‘Peter O’Neill’

PNG Catholic bishops strongly oppose death penalty Comments 0

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The Catholic bishops of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands strongly oppose the use of the death penalty. In a new Pastoral Letter on the issue of the death penalty the bishops say capital punishment has “no place in a Christian country, where true justice and mercy should prevail.” The bishops say where executions Read more

Police shoot on Papuans fundraising for Vanuatu cyclone Comments 0

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The Indonesian police opened fire on a peaceful gathering of Papuans who were fundraising money for humanitarian aid for the victims of Cyclone Pam according to Benny Wenda, a West Papua Activist based in the United Kingdom. “This fundraising was coordinated across West Papua by church groups in West Papua and the umbrella organisation, the Read more

Bishops disapprove of nationalisation of Ok Tedi mine Comments 0

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The Government of Papua New Guinea has nationalised the Ok Tedi mine and its owner, the PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP). The Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea have expressed disappointment with what the Government has done because it could result in the cancellation of PNG Sustainable Development Program. In their statement the Bishops say the Read more

PNG: True partnership between the Churches and State doesn’t exist Comments 0

Friday, August 30th, 2013

A true partnership between the Churches and the State, doesn’t really exist in Papua New Guinea. What is in place is a remnant of the colonial structure or more precisely of the missionary era says Fr Giorgio Licini of the Office for Social Communications of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua. Licini was responding to Read more

Bishops surprised by Rudd-O’Neill refugee agreement Comments 0

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea says it is surprised by and disappointed at the agreement reached by Peter O’Neill and Kevin Rudd that all asylum seekers coming to Australia by boat will be processed on Manus Island and that those deemed to be genuine refugees will be resettled in Papua Read more

PNG: Church and government seek renewed partnership Comments 0

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter  O’Neill called for a revitalized partnership between government and Churches when he addressed the  Catholic Bishops of  Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands at their Annual General Meeting in Alexishafen, Madang last Thursday. He said common concerns between government and Churches include education, health, public security, fight against corruption, Read more

PNG’s Church and Government welcome election of Pope Francis Comments 1

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Spokesman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Fr John Ribat welcomed the news and said it was most encouraging that the new Pope clearly defined his mission moments after his declaration, which is to rebuild the church using examples of two iconic saints – Francis of Assisi and Francis Read more

Supreme Court judgement puts Papua New Guinea in crisis Comments 0

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

A Supreme Court decision has once again put Papua New Guinea in crisis. The court has again declared that the current government, led by Peter O’Neill, is illegal – this time on the eve of scheduled elections. Parliament has voted to declare a State of Emergency, and the Chief Justice has been arrested. The decision Read more

PNG – confusion about decision to defer the election Comments 0

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Speaker of Parliament, Jeffery Nape, has called on the Electoral Commission to set new dates for the election that’s supposed to be held in June, even though the Prime Minister and the Electoral Commissioner now say the elections will go ahead as scheduled. On Tuesday a crowd variously reported to number 100’s to 10,000 people, including students, Read more

PNG Bishops condemn Judicial Conduct Bill Comments 1

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The Catholic church expressed “disbelief and shock” after parliament yesterday passed the Judicial Conduct Bill 2012 into law. The law, introduced on Tuesday and passed three times by a vote of 63-7 on Wednesday, gave parliament the power to refer a judge to the governor-general who, in turn, must appoint a tribunal to investigate the Read more