Car­di­nal for PNG

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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. ■

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