Collection MS 1400 - Press statements and pastoral letters from the Catholic Bishops Conference, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

Statement from the Bishops at the Annual Conference of the Catholic Bishops of Papua and New Guin... A Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Papua and New Guinea, issued from their annual conference Pastoral letter of the Bishops of Papua New Guinea and the British Solomons to their people Pastoral letter of the Bishops of Papua New Guinea and the British Solomons to their people Statement on Independence issued by the Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea Press statements from the Catholic Bishops Conference, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Press statements and pastoral letters on the General Elections from the Catholic Bishops Conferen... Catholic Bishops Statement on the Charismatic Renewal in Papua New Guinea Press release on the Call for Deportation of Bishop John Etheridge denied by Mr. Tegi Ebiel Press release on the push for total ban on pornography
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Press statements and pastoral letters from the Catholic Bishops Conference, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands


  • 1957 - 2014 (Creation)

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Catholic Missionaries came to Papua New Guinea in 1848. Marist Missionaries landed on 28 May 1848 in Siassi Island (Morobe Province) and then the Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions (P.I.M.E.) started evangelising in Woodlark Island on 8 October 1852. Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) began the Mission in Matupit Island, Rabaul on 28 September 1882. The Catholic Church grew rapidly in different parts of PNG.

In 1848 the Catholic Church was called the “Vicariate of Melanesia” which included all the islands of Melanesia and Micronesia. On 15 November 1966 the Hierachy of Papua New Guinea was established with Archdiocese and Dioceses. The Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC) has 19 Dioceses in Papua New Guinea and 3 Dioceses in Solomon Islands with a total of 23 Bishops.

PNG Dioceses: 1. Vanimo, 2.Aitape, 3. Wewak, 4. Madang, 5. Lae, 6. Wabag, 7. Kuniawa, 8. Mendi, 9. Goroka, 10. Mt. Hagen, 11. Kavieng, 12. Rabaul, 13. Kimbe, 14. Buka, 15. Alotau, 16. Port Moresby, 17. Berena, 18. Kerema, 19. Daru/Kiunga.
Solomon Islands Dioceses: 1. Auki, 2. Gizo, 3. Honiara

The Catholic Church is the largest Non-Government body to provide services – including education and health care – in Papua New Guinea.

The office of the first Catholic Bishops Conference in 1966 was at the residences of the Priests who were the General Secretaries. The First General Secretary with a structured office was Fr. Dennis Rochford, MSC in 1983. The first buildings housed CBC, Caritas offices and one residential building. Many Commissions of the CBC were operating from Port Moresby, Goroka, Rabaul or other cities as the need arose. As more offices were needed, additional buildings were added in 2000.

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This collection includes press statements released by the Catholic Bishops' Conference. The statements cover subjects such as media and social communications (including freedom of the press), education (messages to teachers in Catholic schools, education systems in crisis, religious education), family and marriage (family values, bride price, violence against women, population control, polygamy, domestic violence, Catholic men, Fathers and leaders), Government and politics (Church and politics, Bougainville crisis, elections, leadership in PNG, letters to the Prime Minister, corruption in PNG, village court systems, casinos in the Solomon Islands, deteriorating state of the nation, slush fund concerns, environment, nuclear disarmament, starvation), Health (HIV/AIDS, STDs, Church health services, drug abuse, rural health centres), Justice, peace and development (Famine relief, respect for human life, logging codes, imprisonment of refugees, Australian Asylum seekers), Law and order (guns, attacks, Deaths of Catholic Church members, violence in Port Moresby, death penalty, crime and punishment), Liturgy, Moral and pastoral issues (abortion, Respect for human life, pornography, Charismatic churches in Papua New Guinea, Youth) and Theology (pastoral letters).

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  • English
  • Tok Pisin

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Archive of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Waigani, NCD, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

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