Posts Tagged ‘Papua New Guinea’

Bougainville Bishop says Church neutral on independence

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

In June next year, Bougainville will be voting to decide if it is to become independent from Papua New Guinea. The bishop of Bougainville, Bernard Unabali, says the church will support whatever the outcome would be – independence or autonomy. He said this when preaching at Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral at Hahela in Buka Read more

Bougainville’s course is set – no turning back now

Monday, March 26th, 2018

A visit by three former Papua New Guinea prime ministers in an attempt to stop Bouganvilleans voting for independence is a “complete waste of time and absurd,” says Martin Miriori, a leading figure in the Bougainville separatist movement. Miriori is the former Bougainville Interim Government (BIG) and the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) and Secretary and Read more

PNG Earthquake: More die in powerful aftershock – Pope Francis sends his condolences

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

More than 100 people were killed in a magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck Papua New Guinea on February 26. The exact toll from a magnitude 6.7 aftershock that followed just after midnight on Wednesday 7 March is unknown but at least 18 people are said to have died or been injured. On Tuesday Pope Francis Read more

Loggers take over Catholic land

Monday, February 12th, 2018

The Catholic Church in Rabaul in Papua New Guinea says a Malaysian logger has fraudulently obtained access to some of its land. The church has gone to court to reclaim its ownership of the land. It says the logger illegally acquired the land, at Putput in East New Britain. But the church says it has Read more

Education and the Catholic church in Papua New Guinea

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

The Catholic church has a big role in developing education in Papua New Guinea and it plans to provide more and better education services. The National Catholic Education Commission has launched its five-year strategic plan, covering the period from 2017 to 2021. Representatives from the Education Department and development partners joined the Church for the Read more

Diocese of Lae in Papua New Guinea Celebrates 50 Years

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The Catholic Diocese of Lae in Morobe, Papua New Guinea celebrated its golden anniversary earlier this month. The historical celebration took place at St. Mary’s Primary School grounds. Various cultural representations were witnessed by thousands of faithful from the diocese, well-wishers from the region as well as visitors from outside PNG. The Apostolic Nuncio of Read more

The gaping hole carved into mountains… not our problem

Friday, September 9th, 2016

THE gaping hole carved into mountains was at one point the world’s largest open-cut copper mine. Now Rio Tinto is saying,  “not our problem.” This controversial pit became the flashpoint for a bitter civil war in Papua New Guinea in the 1990s that cost as many as 20,000 lives. Now, 27 years after the war Read more

32-year-old Missionary Bishop on the road to sainthood

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Pope Francis has authorised the promulgation of the Decree on the recognition of the heroic virtues of the missionary Bishop Henri Baptiste Stanislas Verjus. Versus (1860-1892) was a member of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He may now be called Venerable Henri Baptiste Stanislas Verjus. Bishop Verjus is recognised as one Read more

Papua New Guinea food shortage leads parents to ‘sell children for rice’

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

A severe food shortage in Papua New Guinea has prompted parents in some isolated communities to sell their young daughters for food. Research by the Protestant United Church in the poverty-stricken Commonwealth nation found fathers in the remote highlands were giving away their daughters, who will be returned after the drought, for bags of rice. Read more

PNG Catholic health service facing big funding cut

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Health services run by the Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea are under pressure after a major funding cut by the PNG Government. The facilities provided by the Church cover a third of PNG’s health services, through more than 200 sites around the country. Catholic Church Health Services of Papua New Guinea runs five rural Read more