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PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Papua Bishops tell government to save life, stop sterilisations
In an open letter to the country's leaders, the Bishops' Conference notes the mutual respect and cooperation that exists between the country's political and religious institutions. However, they warn the authorities about "new and dangerous trends" such as "the growing political ideology that links development with population control." The full text of the letter follows.
03/10/2014 PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Towards the synod: Papua a nation of extended families, polygamy and mass sterilization
Leaving for Rome, the President of the Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands speaks of the "hot" topics for the local population. "People feel cut off from the Church; we need a more flexible approach." Firm no to artificial contraception.
31/10/2013 PAPUA NEW GUINEA - INDONESIA
The plight of Papua refugees, "second-class citizens" forgotten by the world
The Iowara camp hosts refugees from West Papua, who fled strife in the Indonesian province in the 1990s. After nearly 30 years, they are still without citizenship or freedom of movement, ostensibly abandoned by those who were supposed to care for them. On the ground, "The Catholic Church is now virtually left alone to cater at least for health and education". What follows is the story of a Verbite priest, involved for decades in trying to help the refugees' situation.
23/10/2015 PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Manus island migrants moved to Papua New Guinea
In accordance with the agreement drawn up in 2013, Australia will not accommodate even one refugee. About 1000 migrants had been held on the island in inhumane conditions for four years. Australian Immigration Minister: "It is a new beginning for the lives of these people."
05/01/2015 PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Bishop Bonivento's service to the country recognised with national award
PIME missionary priest worked in Milne Bay and Sandaun provinces for over 30 years. Appointed bishop of Vanimo in 1991, Mgr Bonivento focused his pastoral activity on training the local clergy. He also criticised government AIDS policy.
21/09/2015 PAPUA NEW GUINEA – AUSTRALIA
Manus Island riot: refugee murder trial to begin
On 17 February 2014, clashes between police and migrants led to the killing of a 23-year-old man. A member of the Salvation Army (which ran the camp) and a guard stand accused. For four years, about 1,000 migrants have been held on the island, waiting to learn their fate. "I hope the trial will address the problem,” says PIME missionary in Papua New Guinea.
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