Cardinal for PNG
The archbishop of Port Moresby, Sir John Ribat (pictured below), has been named by Pope Francis as one of 17 new cardinals. He is the first-ever Papua New Guinean cardinal and told local media that the appointment, late last year, came as a surprise.
“If it is the will of God, then may he give me his grace and strength to fulfil this course and carry out this responsibility,” Cardinal Ribat said.
“I am grateful to accept this call and this appointment may come as personal, but it is really for the church and for our people of PNG.”
Cardinal Ribat is from the Volavolo village in the East New Britain Province.
Cardinals are the most senior members of the Roman Catholic Church, after the Pope.
Cardinal John Dew, of New Zealand, welcomed the appointment and said bishops in NZ and throughout Oceania are delighted. ■