Posts Tagged ‘PNG’

Islam on the rise in PNG

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

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

Oceania Catholics’ strong community

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Last month Wellington hosted the four-yearly plenary assembly of the bishops of the Federation of Catholic Bishops of Oceania (FCBCO). But it would be no surprise if anyone attending the opening Mass thought they had been carried off to the Pacific Islands, with the vibrant contribution of the Samoan and Tokelauan communities. It was one Read more

Recently ordained priest and a catechist murdered in PNG

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

A priest and a catechist have been murdered in the Goilala Mountains in the Central province of Papua New Guinea. Fr Jerry Inao and the communion minister, Benedict, were shot dead at Kamulai on Sunday 4th May. Fr Jerry, a native of the area and a member of the Kunimeipa tribe, was in his early Read more

PNG, the Church and contraception

Friday, February 14th, 2014

As soon as issues related to poverty, population growth and sexual behaviour arise, contraception is also called into question. At the moment this is also the case of Papua New Guinea. There is indeed a form of “voluntary” or natural contraception when people decide to avoid procreation by orienting their sexual behaviour; and a form Read more

Momis asks UN to apologise for flawed Gender Violence Report

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The validity of United nations report on Gender Violence has been called into question by the President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, John Momis. He says that since the Report has not yet been formally presented to the Government, he is not “prepared to go into a point by point rebuttal of the findings”. Read more

PNG Government donates $1.6 million towards WYAM ship

Friday, October 11th, 2013

The PNG Government has agreed to donate $1.6 million toward a new medical ship which Townsville arm of Youth With A Mission is planning to buy The new ship will be much larger and more modern than the current 37m vessel, Pacific Link and YWAM plans to dramatically expand its operations once it gets the Read more

Solace in Rotary and Church for Fr John Glynn

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

New Friends and Old Sometime in August our staff Josephine and I attended a Boroko Rotary Club dinner and made a presentation on the work of WeCARe! It went over very well and the club is very interested in helping us. They have already given us a handsome donation which is very welcome, and told Read more

Bomana celebrates 50 years of priestly formation in PNG

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

On Friday 28th June 2013 the Catholic Theological Institute (CTI) in Bomana, Port Moresby celebrated its Golden Jubilee. CTI has been the academic wing of Holy Spirit Seminary since 1999 when the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea set up a distinct institute for the academic formation of seminarians and laity. Thus 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