Posts Tagged ‘Vanuatu’

South Pacific island where Prince Philip is a god

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

The visit was largely unremarkable, except in one key way: a religious sect was born that views Philip as their god. Matthew Baylis recently chronicled that visit and the religion, which thrives even 40 years later, in his new book “Man Belong Mrs. Queen: Adventures with the Philip Worshippers.” “They had a jolly old time. Read more

Further Pacifc Island responsibilities for Archbishop Krebs

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Martin Krebs as apostolic nuncio to Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu. Archbishop Krebs was previously apostolic nuncio to New Zealand, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia, and apostolic delegate in the Pacific Ocean. Source Vatican Information Service Related Posts:‘Are you serious?’ New bishop shocked by appointmentEpiscopal ordination Read more

Vanuatu joins Papua New Guinea in considering the death penalty

Friday, July 5th, 2013

A second Melanesian country is considering the death penalty as a punishment for major crimes. Vanuatu’s Minister for Justice and Community Services, Silas Yatan, says the government may bring in the death penalty. This follows several recent killings, including the murder of two women. In May this year the Papua New Guinea Parliament adopted a Read more

Vanuatu’s PM promises to pay churches 10 percent of national budget

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses Kalosil, has promised the Vanuatu Christian Council that his Government is going to start paying 10 percent of the national budget to the churches. Based on the present budget, 10 percent would amount to 21 million US dollars. Kalosil became Vanuatu’s and the region’s first Greens prime minister when he Read more

Island nations talk population control

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Population control was under discussion in two places in the Pacific region last week Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Health and HIV, Jamie Maxtone-Graham, has called for proper plans and strategies for population control to cater for the increasing population in the country. Quoting reports from a demographic health survey carried out in 2006, Maxtone-Graham Read more

Vanuatu PM criticises Churches’ opposition to the WTO

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The Prime minister of Vanuatu has criticised the Churches’ opposition to the WTO and has accused the Council of Churches of bribery after it paid allowances to opposition MPs attending a workshop opposing WTO membership.

His comments were made on Thursday during the final reading of the bill ratifying Vanuatu’s membership of the WTO. On Wednesday the bill passed its first reading by a vote of 26 to 21. However the Minister of Justice crossed the floor to vote with the opposition.

The Prime Minister, Mr Sato Kilman, said it would be interesting to learn where the Vanuatu Council of Churches got the money to pay the allowances. Other ministers were also critical of the Churches’ opposition. The minister of internal affairs who is responsible for churches, swore about the church leaders and NGOs but later withdrew the comment. The minister of public utilities said the role of the churches is to prepare the souls of the people for the next world, not to preach against the WTO.

Earlier International and Pacific organisations called on the Vanuatu government to respect the free speech of its citizens after it banned protests against joining the WTO.

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Vanuatu churches refused permission to march against WTO accession

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The Vanuatu Christian Council has been refused permission from the government to hold a peaceful march in Port Vila against the country’s accession to the WTO, (World Trade Organisation).

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Election times and false prophets

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Election times are almost with us. Beware of “millennial cargo cult” politicians!  Why the strange language? Well, it aptly describes a dangerous type of politician and political policy. Millenarian cults are social movements common throughout history. They proclaim for devoted believers the destructive end of one era and the dramatic coming of another more perfect Read more

Churches oppose Vanuatu World Trade membership

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Vanuatu’s Council of Churches is calling on the government to end land speculation and to provide much more comprehensive consultation on its plans for Vanuatu World Trade membership The Churches are concerned that indigenous people risk loosing their rights and their culture. The Council of Church’s chairman, Bishop James Ligo, says large numbers of people Read more

End land speculation in Vanuatu – Council of Churches

Friday, August 12th, 2011

The Council of Churches is calling on the government to end land speculation in Vanuatu.  The appeal was made in a 4-page document, which has just been launched by the Council of Churches, in Port Vila. The Churches are concerned that indigenous people risk losing their rights and their culture. Alan Nafuki said people are leasing Read more