Bishops’ conference begins AGM


The 62nd annual general meeting (AGM) of the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC) was officially opened with a Eucharistic Celebration recently.
With the theme: “Our Catholic Laity: Holy, Formed and Sent for Service”, the Eucharist was celebrated by Archbishop of Port Moresby, Cardinal Sir John Ribat MSC.
Joining him was Archbishop of Madang and president of CBC, Anton Bal; Archbishop of Mt Hagen Douglas Young; and, Bishop of Bereina Otto Separy.
Speaking at the homily, Sir John reflected on the Gospel of the day that highlighted: “Do to others what you would want them do to you.”
He gave examples and invited all present to put this into practice as it was the only way for all peace and progress.
In all, there were 15 bishops, three bishop-elects and diocesan administrators from two dioceses present.
They were joined by the CBC staff, Youth of St John the Apostle parish in Tokarara and lay people who led a culturally diverse liturgy.
Unfortunately, the Solomon Islands bishops could not attend the AGM due to Covid-19 pandemic and international flight restrictions.
The seven-day meeting will have a presentation of reports from secretaries and bishop deputies of the various commissions.