Envoy: Late bishop was gifted, talented man


THE Pope’s representative to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal described the late Bishop Emeritus Christian Blouin as a “gifted and talented man with a huge pastoral and loving heart”.
The bishop was described by many, who attended his funeral service on Wednesday, as a man who served the people until his death.
“He served God, the church and God’s people, more importantly he was a caring, kind and compassionate servant of the Lord and that is how we will remember him most,” Vayalunkal said.
“We shall miss him, but in our faith, we trust that he is now with our Lord, whom he loved so much in his life.”
Bishop Rochus Tatamai of Kavieng Diocese, during the sermon, said the death of Bishop Blouin should be a motivation to parishioners of the Lae Diocese to continue his work.
“The late Bishop has given all his life to serving PNG. This time of sorrow should create in us the new motivation and strong inspiration to continue his work.
“This is the occasion of the church to rise as Christians and to give ourselves totally to serve the church and making a difference in the lives of others.
“There is so much work to do in the church, the least we can do is to be committed Christians in our family lives.”