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Our first ever Cardinal in the history of the Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea.
Sir John Cardinal Ribat MSC, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Port Moresby. He becomes the first ever Cardinal from Papua New Guinea, and also the first Cardinal for the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart[MSC]. He was made a Cardinal in the Catholic Church during the Consistory in Rome on the 19th of November 2016. The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea joyfully celebrates the universiality of the Catholic Faith.
His Eminence Sir John Cardinal Ribat MSC, was born on the 9th of February 1957 at Volavolo, Archdiocese of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. He professed as a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in February 1979. He was ordained a priest on 1 December 1985.
He worked as a parish priest, continued his studies in Manila, and served as master of novices for the Missionaries in Suva, Fiji.
On 30 October 2000, Pope John Paul II named him auxiliary bishop of Bereina and titular bishop of Macriana Minor. He was consecrated bishop on 11 February 2001 and named Bishop of Bereina on 12 February 2002. Pope Benedict XVI named him Coadjutor Archbishop of Port Moresby on 16 April 2007 and he succeeded to that office on 26 March 2008.
On October 9, 2016, Pope Francis announced that he planned to raise Ribat to the rank of cardinal at a consistory scheduled for November 19, 2016. He was made a Cardinal Priest on that day and assigned to the titular church of San Giovanni Battista de Rossi. He is the first cardinal from his country.
COAT OF ARMS AND THE MOTTO OF HIS EMINENCE SIR JOHN CARDINAL RIBAT MSC