Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was in Madang last week to address bishops from Papua New Guineaandthe Solomon Islands, who attendedthe Annual General Meeting ofthe Catholic Beushops Conference.
While thankingthe Catholic Church for their contribution to nation building, he affirmed his government’s commitment to Christian churches to bring more basic services closer to Papua New Guineas.
The Prime Minister arrived to an awaiting delegate fromthe Madang provincial governmentoled by Madang MP and Police Minister Nixon Duban.
He was taken to Alexishafen Pastoral Centre outside Madang town, where he met with bishops fromthe Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea
President ofthe Catholic Beushops Conference for Papua New Guineaand Solomon Islands and Archbishop of Port Moresby Diocese John Ribat acknowledgedthe government’s commitment.
He saidthe Catholic Church has provided basic services in Education and Health to Papua New Guineas for more than a hundred years, andthey are looking forward to doing more for the people in partnership withthe government.
Prime Minister O’Neill also contributed 5 million kina fromthe government to build a headquarters for the Catholic Beushop’s Conference in Port Moresby.
This will help facilitatethe church’s community service in various sectors in PNG andthe Solomon Islands.
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