Easter

Immigration officers, soldiers arrested during Easter

The four officers were among seven arrested for drunk driving in Lorengau.

PPC Manus, Chief Inspector David Yapu, was frustrated to see the Immigration officers with PNGDF soldiers and civilians misusing hired vehicles, drinking alcohol and driving around in vehicle intended for the use of refugee operations on the island.

Police allege the group, while under the influence of alcohol, also went to a residence and assaulted the owner of a house at ward 1 as well as damaged his properties.

Special Lae police Easter operations

General policing and drunk patrols will be conducted to ensure that the Easter long weekend is celebrated peacefully. 

“We ask that the public observe why Easter is celebrated. It is a celebrated on the Christian calendar and is a time to attend church,” stated police.

The law enforcers will be deployed to all parts of the City to ensure that people move about freely.

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, urged the Lae public to respect others by cutting down on noise pollution and drunken behaviour.  

Cardinal Ribat welcomes Cross

Around midday today, Cardinal Sir John Ribat welcomed the cross brought in by the congregation and parishioners of St Paul.

Despite the extreme heat of the sun, the congregation came in numbers, escorted by traffic police, to the final station.

Cardinal Sir John made an entrance to bless the Cross before it was to be brought into the church.

The veneration of the Cross is scheduled to take place at 3pm this afternoon.

This is known to be the ‘Hour of the Lord’ and believed to be the time that Jesus died on the Cross.

Waiting for the cross

The faithful and enthusiastic who walked the way of the cross this morning in the nation’s capital each have a reason why they walk.

For one 18-year-old, Theo Aron, he did not walk the way of the cross, rather he woke up from his sleeping area under the Waigani freeway tunnel as police came in to move them out in anticipation of the walk passing through.

Police show support during Walk

Loop PNG observed the men and women in blue holding off traffic and providing escort to the front and the rear of the procession.

The Superintendent of operations, Michael Tilae, says this is part of the normal police operations for the city during the Easter season.

The police were out since 3am along the Cross route and helping to hold off traffic as well.

Inmates join in Easter programs

Those from the minimum security unit compound will join in the Stations of the Cross walk tomorrow in Port Moresby, after permission was sought from the Bomana jail Commander Haraha Kiddy Keko.

Those who remain within the confinement of the rehabilitation facility will take part in other spiritual programs, including a crusade that will be held on Friday night at the main compound. 

“I’d like to also all inmates and my colleagues a happy celebration with a well thought out, with the spiritual lessons on everyone," stated Keko. 

Migrant boats: Thousands saved off Libyan coast over Easter

More than 2,000 people were rescued on Friday and 3,000 on Saturday in dozens of separate rescues, the Italian Coast Guard said.

But at least seven people drowned as aid workers struggled to rescue more than 1,500 migrants in one operation.

An eight-year-old boy was among the dead, rescue workers said.

An earlier agency report said 20 bodies had been recovered by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (Moas), but this was later corrected.

Moas said its rescue started in the early hours of Saturday and had continued non-stop into Sunday afternoon.

Police officer robbed while on duty

Officer in Charge of Traffic in Madang, Sergeant Frank Makora, was attacked while controlling traffic at the crossing near Modilon Hospital.

He said he hung his bag (bilum) with his personnel effects on a nearby wall when a thug grabbed his bag and ran towards the public cemetery.

"I was controlling the pedestrians when this happened. Bystanders informed me of my bag being snatched and I chased the thug," he said.

During the chase, the officer tripped and fell. The thug then punched him and took off again.

Catholics to celebrate Easter Vigil tonight

For most Christians, it is celebrated at a convenient time between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Morning.

The Paschal Candle (like a pillar of fire) leads the pilgrim people into the dark church.

What it means to celebrate easter

Here in the Nation’s Capital, stores and markets are full of shoppers trying to get something to enjoy with their families.

Loop PNG went around the city shopping centers and main markets and just like Christmas or any other festive holiday, the stores were once again packed.

Speaking to some, asking what Easter meant to them; most said it was a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Other said it was a time to reflect on our lives by attending the Virgil night service that will take place this evening at their respective churches.