Posts Tagged ‘PNG’

Australians ask NZ Bishops for help settling asylum seekers Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Last month I joined with Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) to speak at a series of public forums around the country to discuss the future for asylum seekers who remain in limbo in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. So far I have spoken in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Launceston, Adelaide, Perth and Benalla in Read more

Church provides homes for migrant workers Comments 0

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea has turned housing developer in an effort to provide homes for migrant workers. In exchange, the local community will get voluntary help such as cleaning hospitals. The Saint John XXIII housing project is in the town of Kokopo, capital of East New Britain province. Although Kokopo’s population is Read more

Safe house against family violence in PNG province Comments 0

Monday, February 26th, 2018
Family violence safe house

Nuns in East New Britain are setting up the first safe house for victims of family violence in the Papua New Guinea province. The Daughters of Mary Immaculate Sisters (FMI) Sisters are setting up the safe house because of a local family violence problem.. They’re working in partnership with the Archdiocese of Rabaul and non-governmental Read more

Family planner: PNG catholics interfering Comments 0

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
PNG family planning

Family planning advocates in Papua New Guinea have accused the Catholic Church of restricting their work. The Church has contracted with the government to run health clinics. The contract requires that full family planning clinics be part of the service. Critics say the church is failing to prove full planning services. The Church advocates natural Read more

PNG’s Minister of Bougainville Affairs worked as a priest for 28 years Comments 0

Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Dumarinu Bougainville

A man who worked as a Catholic for priest for 28 years is the new Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Bougainville Affairs. Simon Dumarinu is a first time member of parliament. He narrowly defeated former Mining Minister Sam Akoitai in the Central Bougainville Open seat in the recent Papua New Guinea general election. A  Barapang Read more

A non-Western perspective on Synod Comments 0

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

This year’s discussion at the Synod on Family tended to be reduced in Western media to two issues: communion for divorced-and-civilly remarried, and Church teaching and pastoral care regarding homosexuality. Actual topics brought up during meetings were much broader. As well as the ‘Western’ topics, Synod fathers also developed themes such as domestic violence, violence against Read more

Refugees trapped on Manus Island Comments 0

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Mohsen is late, but effusively apologetic as he sits down. “I can’t sleep at night for the nightmares,” he says. “In the dark I am back in that prison in my country,” – a middle-eastern country Guardian Australia has chosen not to name for fear of consequences for his family – “so instead I sleep Read more

Bishops call on Government to respect Manus detainees Comments 0

Friday, February 20th, 2015

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands is asking the PNG government and the Australian government to give the asylum seekers a full and efficient refugee status determination process in the Manus Detention Centre: To provide safe and humane conditions for the asylum seekers Not to force the asylum seekers Read more

Islam on the rise in PNG Comments 0

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

In recent years the number of Papua New Guinean Christians who have converted to Islam has been considerable. According to the recently released 2011 Census data, the Islamic population in rural areas of PNG has risen from about 300 in the year 2000 to 1352 in 2011. They are concentrated mainly in the Highlands, especially in Read more

Saints, pigs and the Bishop of PNG Comments 0

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Stepping over a pig about to be slaughtered while accompanying the relic of a potential saint may seem a somewhat unusual piece of Church business. But for Bishop of Papua New Guinea’s Kimbe province Capuchin Bill Fey such events are not especially unusual. “On that instance, I was part of a procession carrying a relic of Read more