Papua New Guinea’s first ever Roman Catholic Cardinal, Sir John Ribat made his first public appearance on Sunday November 27 at the Jack Pidik Park, during the 50th anniversary ceremonies of the Port Moresby Catholic Archdiocese.
The Jack Pidik Park celebration was attended by close to 1000 Catholic faithfuls including those from other mainline churches.
Government and diplomatic heads and friends from the Diocese of Townsville, Australia also at the event.
Cardinal Ribat’s message was on oneness.
“It is the faith that has united us, all the Christians in Papua New Guinea,” Ribat said.
Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio thanked the new cardinal for his working relationship with the Government.
“I admire the work of this new cardinal. He has been vocal on issues and we will work alongside him,” Ogio said.