We, the Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea wish to appeal to the faith of the people and their moral conscience to elect good leaders that will represent their hopes and aspirations during National Election in 2017.
Seventeen Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea and one Administrator from the Solomon Islands attended the 58th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Port Moresby 25th April – 4th May 2017. In this meeting, they discussed, among other things, about the proposed Seabed Mining called Solwara1 and Solwara2 close to the shores of Papua New Guinea.
Greetings in the name of our Merciful God, from your bishops, who are sending this letter to you in preparation for the approaching Jubilee Year of Mercy.
On the first Sunday of Advent last year Pope Francis proclaimed the beginning of a Year of Consecrated Life that will end on 2 February 2016, the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium which speaks of religious in its sixth chapter and of the Decree Perfectae Caritatis on the renewal of religious life. On this occasion, we bishops are addressing this letter both to the many dedicated men and women in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands especially consecrated to God but also to all the faithful People of God in all of our dioceses.
With the Pacific Games coming soon to Papua New Guinea, sport will be a topic of interest for many people. At this time your Bishops wish to offer a reflection on the value of sport and ways that we can all benefit.
In 1991 the Papua New Guinea Parliament reintroduced the death penalty. Direct killing by the State became an authorized way to punish a criminal.