Address rights abuse: Bishop

CPS Alotau-Sideia’s Simon Alberic receiving the Cross of Courage from Bishop Santos in Alotau last Saturday.

CATHOLIC professionals in Milne Bay have been urged to address human rights abuse, corruption, violence, and support the campaign against HIV/AIDs prevalent in the country.
Alotau-Sideia diocese Bishop Rolando Santos made the remark following the launching of the Catholic Professionals Society chapter in Alotau last Saturday.
“You are to live and witness to your Catholic faith and be the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves,” he said.
“At the final judgement, each one will account for what one has done with his or her talents.”
He spoke about the many social issues of injustices, human rights abuses, HIV/AIDS, corruption, and violence facing the country and challenged the Catholic professionals to address them.
After the homily, eight-year old Sharon Alberic, dressed in traditional attire, led the procession of intending Catholic professional members.
The Alotau-Sideia Diocesan Chapter is the first to be established under the Constitution of the CPS.
The 12 members commissioned are Chris So’onwai, Shirley Kolohei, Sharlyne Tomiyavau, Philip Diudi, Simon Alberic, Simeon E’ebo, Philip Tauleboda, Dickson Lige, Lawrence Koibi, James Tomiyavau, Patrick Alberic and Rosemary E’ebo.
CPS president Paul Harricknen and Spiritual Director of the CPS, Fr. Ambrose Pereira and other church leaders witnessed the occasion.