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His Excellency Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal, Apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands addressed the 60thAnnual General Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference on Monday, 6thMay, at the Catholic Bishops Conference, Gordons.
His Eminence John Cardinal Ribat, Archbishops and Bishops from the seventeen dioceses in Papua New Guinea and the three bishops from Solomon Islands were present at the meeting.
Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal, emphasized the active role laity people played, and their significance in evangelization and the running of the church.
He explained that lay people were at the frontline in the life of church, and highlighted the transformative power of lay people. “We must engage lay people who have a vision of the future, who dare to dream and answer to God’s call. The Catholic laity are a driving factor that contribute to the church’s efforts as an evangelization agency,” he said.
He added that there was the need to strengthen works of laity, by providing human and spiritual formation.
Comments and questions were raised. The meeting then continued with specific issues for the bishops.
At the start of the session, Archbishop Kurian released the first issue of the ‘Church Alive’ magazine and a ‘Youth Resource Manual’ for youth group animators.