Papua New Guinea’s first-ever Catholic Cardinal, Sir John Ribat has called on Government leaders to build unity and peace among the communities they serve.
Amidst challenges, the new Cardinal says that this can be achieved through leader’s commitment.
Cardinal Ribat is noted as a fervent church leader, vocal on pressing social issues.
“People trusted you. People know that you are a Christian. You politicians didn’t fall down from the sky or came from somewhere, no! And you come from a family,”
“Therefore, leaders of the government should hold our people at heart,” Ribat said.
Another issue is the treatment of elderly citizens who are struggling to live a decent life.
“Can we have a space for the elderly. Something like insurance.I did mention this to our Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill,”
Anglican Bishop of Port Moresby Denny Bray Guka is the President of the Papua New Guinea Council of Churches who also supported the new cardinal’s call to Government leaders.
He said that the Government must become good custodians to the country’s resources and work together with churches to deliver services to the people of this country.
“We need to create a good environment for our children to grow up in the changing world and be part of the global community,” Bishop Denny said.