Posts Tagged ‘Philip Gibbs’

Church fights witch hunts in PNG

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Fr Philip Gibbs, a priest, anthropologist and researcher, said the Catholic Church has been conducting workshops in parishes to raise awareness about witch hunts and how it is totally contrary to the Christian response to misfortune and death. Gibbs, who has spent more than four decades in Papua New Guinea, has met surviving victims of Read more

PNG: Catholic Church combating sorcery related violence

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

While the PNG government has made some efforts, the work to combat sorcery related violence is often left to church groups and NGOs says associate professor Richard Eves, from the state society and governance in Melanesia program at ANU. A recent intervention preventing the murder of four women accused of sorcery is being hailed as a Read more

Christianity’s role in combatting belief in witchcraft

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Christianity is strong in the region of Melanesia and the church could play a role in influencing people and combatting the belief in witchcraft says Cassaundra Rangip, co-founder of an anti-witchcraft non-government organisation in Papua New Guinea. She says a recent case of witchcraft related hangings in Vanuatu had raised fears that the phenomenon had Read more

Understand science to combat sorcery

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Fr Philip Gibbs says that one of the factors that gives rise to sorcery is that people often don’t understand the basic science behind a person’s health. He was speaking at the Sorcery and witchcraft-related killings in Melanesia: Culture, law and human rights perspectives Conference  at The Australian National University in Canberra, last week. The conference was attended Read more

Catholic Bishops recognise importance of social networks

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Social Media, create a new environment and a new life style that not only requires Church presence and “use” of mass media, but “witnessing” of the Gospel in the new environment where people live. The Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands tackled the issue of new media and social networks on the Read more

NZ priest trying to halt sorcery deaths in PNG

Friday, April 12th, 2013

A New Zealand born Catholic priest, Philip Gibbs, has been actively involved in trying to halt sorcery deaths in Papua New Guinea. Based in Mt Hagen, Gibbs, 65, said it was hard to work out what to say to congregations which included people who would have taken part in burning alleged witches. “If as an Read more

Domestic violence in PNG – change in thinking needed

Friday, March 30th, 2012

A Catholic priest in Papua New Guinea who teaches anger management says changing the way people think is one of the keys to overcoming the pervasive levels of domestic violence in the country. Father Philip Gibbs says law changes are one thing but implementation is another given that the police force is really stretched. “And Read more