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Papua New Guinea

Catholic Church, never ceases to amaze

The presence of the mainline Churches, i.e. Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and United, have been instrumental in setting up schools and health centres for many years. Today the government has taken control over the major health centres, building hospitals with the aid of International Funding Programmes in the major towns. But there are many mission schools…

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Fortnight Friday

There has always been a hidden economy in the remote, inaccessible areas which never feature in any account of Papua New Guinea. Only those who have lived in the interior of the country for any length of time will know how money crosses hands and how people can be extremely enterprising, without paying overheads or…

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Long-term economic vision

The mineral deposits of gold, oil and copper, and the production of palm oil has grown over the past few years, and become a major agricultural export. Luckily, landowners, especially on the coastal areas, have invested in this new industry, whereas, in the Highland provinces with restrictions on obtaining land for development due to customary…

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Papua New Guinea – The Land of the Unexpected

Much is known about the white beaches and pristine blue waters of the South Pacific, not to mention the idyllic atolls and lagoons with teaming coral reefs and exotic plant-life, but within those same waters, the second largest island in the world, Papua New Guinea, still remains an enigma and a land that has not…

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Papua New Guinea – The Tapini valley

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In the valleys of Papua New Guinea’s highlands, people live in isolated villages. Every day they take a long trip and walk down steep mountains, along wild rivers, and through dense forests to reach destinations such as the Tapini village, with a school and a hospital, both managed by the Catholic Church. Modern civilization brings…

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Advocacy

Justice, Peace And Liberty.

On May 4th 1976 Paul VI named as auxiliary bishop of Newark (New Jersey - US) Joseph A. Francis. He was the forth black catholic…

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Baobab

The Crocodile And The Cockerel.

Once upon a time, the crocodile was king of the animals. He was holding court one day. He sat majestically on his throne as he received…

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Youth & Mission

African Young People As Peacebuilders.

Violent conflicts are prevalent in African countries with large youth populations such as Mali, Central African Republic and Somalia. In some instances, young people contribute to…

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