Catholic Bishops Conference

Church appeal: Put Christ into Christmas

This is the Christmas message from the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC) to the country.

 CBC general secretary Fr. Victor Roche said Christmas is a time of joy with colourful decorations put up in stores, houses, offices and churches.

He said Christmas parties and sales are held everywhere with presents being given out.

"But many times, this is only an artificial joy. This is only artificial happiness. Christmas becomes a real joy or inner only when  you put Christ into Christmas.

Catholic Bishops Conference thanks government for prompt response

General Secretary, Fr.Victor Roche said it was good to see the government had made a quick decision to send funds to the most affected people.

“I call on the Government to make sure that this help reaches the people immediately and to the most affected areas."

He said the CBC did not want the relief supplies to get delayed or to end up in the wrong hands because of the bureaucracy or “wantok system”.

“I request the government to make use of the Church agencies besides the Government channels for smooth and immediate distribution of relief supplies,” said Roche.