New bishop of Kimbe appointed

The announcement was made by the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Port Moresby on Friday, 18th October, at 8pm. 

Reverend Father John Bosco Auram replaces His Lordship Most Reverend William Fey, OFM Cap, Bishop of Kimbe, who has reached the age limit.

Father Auram was born on 19th October, 1972, at Sara, West New Britain. He was ordained on 17th January, 2004.

Churches called to support affected areas

Bishop Tege says people are seeking spiritual guidance at this time of pain and uncertainty and urged for all churches, regardless of denomination, to stand together and reach out to the people.

The United Church in PNG is establishing church-led response centres in Tari, Hela Province, and Mendi, Southern Highlands Province, to coordinate initial needs assessments.

The assistance of the six other member churches under the Church Partnership Program will collaboratively share church actions and to plan for response and recovery efforts.

Province controlled by ‘he who has a gun'

Many have died, many more are fleeing their homes, and only a few are making the bold stand to expose the actual situation on ground.

Over the weekend, Rev Wai Tege, Bishop of United Church in Hela, sat with Loop PNG to expose the grim situation.

He said very soon, Hela will be a province controlled by “he who has a gun”.

“Hela has roughly 300 thousand people. About 50 – 60 percent of that is male, and each of them own a gun. I’m not talking about home-made guns, these are high powered guns,” he said.

Elections in Highlands Region may have not been just: Bishops

 This was the view shared by the bishops and Diocesan Secretaries of the four Highlands Dioceses in their Annual Regional Secretaries Meeting, held on 20th-22nd March.

“Voters in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea know this very well,” they said.

“The people of the region have suffered and many have been routinely denied services. A minority have benefited while the common people struggle to make ends meet.