Catholic Bishops Conference

Communicating change through short films

Held from 26th to 28th June at the Emmaus Conference Centre, Boroko, the short films focused on the theme ‘Keep it Clean. Go Green’ and the COVID-19 precautionary measures.

“The important aspect of this program is not merely to communicate an idea or a news item but how we can elicit change in ourselves, make sure that there is community change and ultimately to ensure that there is change at the level of government,” said Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb, Social Communications Commission Secretary.

Appeal to newly-appointed PM

The CBC hopes that the newly-appointed government will immediately turn to assisting the vulnerable people, the society and the environment.

Their points include:

Be critical media consumers, students told

Over 60 Catholic students gathered at the first seminar for 2019, which was hosted on February 23rd at the Catholic Bishops Conference.

Facilitated by the Social Communication Commission (SOCOM) of CBC, the program focused on communicating positive messages through logos, posters and photographs.

“The Media Education Seminar for school students gives selected students an opportunity to be critical consumers and creative producers of the media,” said Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb, CBC Social Communications and Youth Secretary, in the opening session of the program.

Open letter to PM

On November 1st last year, a panel discussion was hosted by the Catholic Bishops Conference over the health status of asylum seekers and refugees in Manus, and the alarming rate of self-harm and attempted suicide committed in the last five years due to depression.

2018 draws to a close, little improvement for PNGeans

“Poverty remains widespread in the countryside with a lack of health services, roads and market opportunities for agricultural products.

“Tens of thousands of youth can only avail of primary education and never dream of going through the secondary and tertiary level.

“In urban centres, settlements keep on mushrooming. Jobs are scarcely available. Alcoholism remains rampant.”

CBC’s stance on amended APEC security act

This is the stance taken by the Catholic Bishops Conference regarding the amended APEC Safety and Security Act 2018.

The Catholic Bishops Conference says over the years, there have been a number of special operations and in all of those operations, there have been concerns about the infringement of basic human rights, as set out in the Constitution of Papua New Guinea.

“Section 38 of the Constitution acknowledges that there can be restrictions to basic rights and freedoms,” says CBC.

Catholic Bishops Conference condemns Mendi rampage

Fr. Victor Roche, General Secretary CBC, calls on the government to bring those people, including the leaders, to justice.

“They have not only damaged the public property but also irreparably damaged the image and dignity of our country,” said Fr. Victor.

“We have given wrong signals to the participants of APEC; we may be ready with roads, buildings, hotels, high powered security and well trained staff. But we, the people, are not ready for such an international meeting.

CBC’s first media education seminar

Organised by the Catholic Bishops Conference’s Social Communication (SOCOM), MES is aimed at educating and enabling secondary and tertiary students to be critical consumers and creative producers in the media with the intent to spread the ‘Good News’. 

This full-day seminar dwelt on images and photos.

The seminar was held at the Emmaus Conference, Boroko, in Don Bosco Technological Institute (DBTI) compound and saw 7 catholic schools attend the program with a total of 65 participants.

Catholic Church talks on collapse in partnership with State

President of the CBC, Bishop Arnold Orowae said the historical relationship between the Catholic Church and the State has great potential for good.

“But this relationship is poorly understood today and lies in tatters and needs repair without delay.

 “The Catholic communities call on Catholic men and women and others of good will, who hold power and distribute services, to carry out their responsibilities with honesty, fairness, and justice, while also exercising a preferential option for the poor,” said Orowae.

Bishops: Government must get priorities right

Bishop Deputy for Health, Archbishop Stephen Reichert said this huge cut in funding is about a third of the Christian Health Services budget, which is already very lean. 

“For years the Christian Churches have struggled to maintain quality health care on inadequate government funding. 

“This huge new cut not only slashes through the meat and bone of our health care budget, it amputates our arms and legs,” said Reichert.