Posts Tagged ‘John Ribat’

PNG’s Church and Government welcome election of Pope Francis

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

PNG Bishops oppose death penalty

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Archbishop of Port Moresby says Papua New Guinea’s government will be slow to activate its death penalty laws because of church opposition, after the Pacific nation’s attorney-general said he is revisiting the idea. Archbishop John Ribat says Attorney-General Kerenga Kua’s plan to activate the never-before-used law is the wrong way to deter crime and Read more

PNG priests reminded priesthood and politics don’t mix

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Priests in Papua New Guinea have been reminded that priesthood and politics don’t mix. They have been told that no Bishop in Papua or the Solomon Islands has ever given or will ever give permission to one of his priests to enter politics. This is the message contained in a letter sent to all priests Read more

Church leader says coalition solution to PNG impasse has broad support

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The Catholic Archbishop of Papua New Guinea says there is broad support for the churches’ call for a grand coalition to run the country until next year’s elections as a way to resolve the PNG impasse.

The churches suggested the grand coalition on last Thursday as the two groups claiming they have the right to run the government remain at loggerheads.

Archbishop John Ribat says they envisage all politicians working together with no opposition.

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