Posts Tagged ‘Peter O’Neill’

PNG’s prime minister invites Pope to visit Comments 0

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill, has extended an invitation to Pope Francis to visit his country. O’Neill made the invitation during a meeting today with Sir John Ribat, the Archbishop of Port Moresby who is soon to become Papua New Guinea’s first Cardinal, and Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal, the new Apostolic Read more

PNG Bishops deplore termination of 2016 academic year Comments 0

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands wants the university academic year to continue and has appealed to the Prime Minister to intervene. On July 5 the University of Papua New Guinea Council (UPNG) made a decision to terminate the 2016 academic year. The decision comes after more than six weeks of Read more

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