Bishop calls on people to look after buildings

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A CATHOLIC Bishop is calling on Papua New Guineans to look after infrastructures built by the government and churches.
Lae Catholic Diocese Bishop Rozario Menezes said people must learn to respect projects and infrastructure put up by government, churches and private organisations that benefit everyone.
Bishop Rozario made this call when opening a new modern multi-purpose community hall at the St Therese Parish at Omili in Kamkumung, Lae yesterday.
The community hall was built by Reformed Builders at a cost of K250,000 and funded by a church fundraising the Chow family, of Lae Biscuit Company.
The hall can cater for 100 people, with a kitchen, shower and office for the parish priest.
Rozario said the need for a hall has been there for years and it will finally help community and parish members run programmes.
“This is a community hall. It is not for religious people like priests, nuns and brothers. It is community hall for everyone in the society.
“I have been in PNG for a while and people here have a no-care attitude.”
He said when people say something does not belong to them, they don’t take care of it.
“When there is misunderstandings and unrest in the community, they burn down properties and projects worth thousands of kina, which were funded by some sorry people.
“They throw stones or destroy it. If we don’t take care of this community hall, we are destroying ourselves.
“This is to serve community and not for a single person.
“It is for everyone and all of us, so I am appealing to everyone to look after it.”
He told the parishioners and members of the community to repair the hall if it should need maintenance.
“It is my plea to everyone to look after this hall,” he said.