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Children look on during a procession at the General Assembly that was held in Mingende in the Kundiawa Diocese in 2022.

Children and youth to play central role in Pope Francis visit to Papua New Guinea

May 8, 2024

By Kristina Millare

“Everything is ‘young’ in PNG: church, country, modern civilization,” said Father Giorgio Licini, an organizer of the pope’s upcoming trip... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2023.

Pope Francis to travel to Indonesia, Singapore, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea

Apr 12, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis will travel to the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Singapore, the Vatican... Read more

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, Cameroon, said at an Oct. 12 briefing that the Synod on Synodality is “a chance for the voice of Africa to be heard.”

Oceania, Africa delegates say Synod on Synodality is their turn to speak

Oct 12, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, Cameroon, said at an Oct. 12 briefing that the Synod on Synodality is “a... Read more

Pope Francis pictured on April 17, 2013.

Pope Francis says he wants to travel to Oceania and Africa

Oct 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

He confirmed that he would visit Greece and Cyprus in December. Read more

Sr. Lorena Jenal walks with local people from the Diocese of Mendi in Papua New Guinea. Courtesy Diocese of Mendi.

Catholic faith is the answer to sorcery-related violence in Papua New Guinea, says bishop

Jul 17, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Easter Sunday in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, three innocent women were burned and tortured while local... Read more

Papua New Guinea flag flies ahead of the Nov. 17-18 APEC summit.

'Give them freedom' – PNG bishops denounce six-year refugee detention

Jan 5, 2019

The bishops of Papua New Guinea have issued a renewed plea on behalf of the nearly 500 refugees and asylum... Read more

Sydney, Australia.

PNG bishops call for asylum seekers to be admitted to Australia

Nov 6, 2018

Police in Papua New Guinea are moving sick refugees and migrants out of the capital city in preparation for a... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on September 2, 2015.

Pope prays for victims of devastating Papua New Guinea earthquake

Mar 6, 2018

Pope Francis is praying for all those affected by a major earthquake in Papua New Guinea this week, offering his... Read more

Bishop Donald Lippert of Mendi in Papua New Guinea. Courtesy of the Diocese of Mendi.

Catholics in Papua New Guinea a sign of the Church's universality

Sep 26, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

A young Catholic diocese in the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea has a vibrant and growing faith, one which... Read more

Mountains of Papua New Guinea. Courtesy of Fr. Christian Sieland.

Meet the priest who serves the most rural parts of Papua New Guinea

Dec 18, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

In the deep Melanesian jungles, a native Papua New Guinea Catholic priest walks miles through the deep thick forests. He... Read more

Divine Word Missionaries gathered in Papua New Guinea's Madang province for their assembly being held Jan. 5-10, 2015.

Divine Word Missionaries contemplate 'The Joy of the Gospel' in peripheries

Jan 9, 2015

Observing the Year of Consecrated Life convoked by Pope Francis, the members of the Society of the Divine Word serving... Read more

Cyclone Ita.

Papuan bishop makes emergency appeal amid severe food shortage

Dec 21, 2014

A Catholic bishop of Alotau, Papua New Guinea, has launched an appeal during a severe food shortage following a cyclone... Read more

Indigenous Papuans performing a traditional dance.

Papuan bishop decries witch hunts, violence against women

Dec 15, 2014

A bishop in Papua New Guinea last week condemned the witch hunts which take place in the country, where many... Read more

A Papua New Guinean child holds a Tarungu Appeal envelope for the poor.

Nun builds website to enliven children's ministry in Pacific

Sep 5, 2014

A religious sister from Texas who has been serving the people of Papua New Guinea since 1986 will soon complete... Read more

Bp. Rochus Josef Tatamai of Bereina celebrating Mass in the forest of PNG.

Catholics in Melanesia celebrate gift, power of Bible

Aug 8, 2014

Catholic faithful recently gathered in the Melanesian islands to mark “Bible Sunday” – a celebration aimed at fostering meditative reading... Read more

The pilgrims cross a damaged bridge near Dei, Papua New Guinea.

Papuans make two week pilgrimage in missionaries' steps

Apr 22, 2014

Catholics in Papua New Guinea honored the evangelization, 80 years ago, of the remote interior of the nation's main island... Read more

Boats filled with asylum seekers cross the sea from Indonesia to Australia.

Church in Oceania concerned over Australian asylum policy

Mar 7, 2014

Church leaders in both Australia and Papua New Guinea are voicing discontent with Australia’s policy of processing asylum seekers at... Read more