Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, has hailed the elevation of the Archbishop of Port Moresby, Sir John Ribat, as one of the new Cardinals of the Catholic Church, and the first Papua New Guinean Cardinal in the nation’s history.
In statement, Prime Minister O’Neill said the elevation of Archbishop Ribat to Cardinal is a national pride for the country.
O’Neill congratulated Sir John and thank him for the work he has undertaken in the Catholic Church.
The Prime Minister anticipates joining the nation in a celebration Mass in Port Moresby.
“November 19 will be a proud day when the Sir John is elevated to his new position in the Church,” the Prime Minister said.
“We look forward to the next opportunity when Cardinal Ribat is able to celebrate Mass in Papua New Guinea.
“I hope we can have a series of large outdoor services that will bring our people together in prayer.
“Our new Cardinal is an example of what can be achieved through commitment and dedication.
“I congratulate Sir John Ribat, our first Cardinal, for the good work and for the confidence that his Holiness the Pope, has shown in his character and devotion.”