A serious case of police misconduct occurred along the Magi Highway in Central province on the night of the 26th of July. A group of Catholic mothers from St John parish at Tokarara, NCD with colleagues visiting from Tabubil, WP where stopped while traveling back to Port Moresby after a visit as Kupiano and stripped of their belongings. “The police officers were drunk”, a young parishioner posted on Facebook based on reports from the victims. “They stopped the bus, put guns on the mothers’ heads, emptied their bags of clothes and threw them all out on the road; they also cut all their bags of food they had bought in Kupiano and even seized and locked the bus. They demanded one thousand Kina from the mothers to get their bus back ad return to Port Moresby”. Apparently the incident didn’t involve physical violence against the women, who returned to Port Moresby some scared and intimidated, others with the intention of reporting the incident to the media and government authorities. (G.L.)
By Sr Relida Gumur FDNSC
Sr Elizabeth Keaike Inapi was born on the 15th July 1947 at Inauaia village in the Diocese of Bereina- Central Province. Her parents were Marcello Efi Laua and Theresa Okoa Kaule. She came from a large family. There were only two of them from the first marriage. Her brother Theodore Efi Keaike and her self. She had 4 other step brothers and 5 step sisters. Her step sisters were Madeline, Philo, Maria, Margaret and another Maria. Her step brothers were, Camillo, Bernard , Andrew and Emmanuel.
She went to School at Inauaia Primary school and went as far as grade 6 in 1965. From when she left grade 6 until 1970 she stayed at home and so often called herself a village girl. No doubt while she was at home she would have met and come to know our Sisters and learn about our Congregation the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart as our Sisters were already there at Inauaia Parish.
She entered the Postulate of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on February 2, 1970 and entered the Novitiate in 1971 at Yule Island. She made her first profession on the 30th November 1972 at Yule Island, made her second vows on the 30th November 1975 at Gusaweta on the Trobriand Islands Milne Bay Province. Then on the 15th January 1978 she made her Perpetual Profession at her home Parish Inauaia. This gave Sr. Elizabeth and her family much joy as she wanted to use the occasion to promote vocation to our Congregation as well as that to Religious life in her village. It also gave the opportunity to the people to witness Sr. Elizabeth’s total giving of herself to Jesus forever as she was the only OLSH Sister from Inauaia Parish at that time. In fact until she died she was the only OLSH Sister from Inauaia.
Sr. Elizabeth Inapi was involved in many activities and apostolates during her lifetime. She also took the opportunities offered to her to upgrade her level of Education and do other courses to prepare herself for the particular apostolates that she was asked to take up. She was interested in learning new things and new ways of doing things. In 1980 she went to do CODE at Vunapope in order to bring herself up to grade 10 level.
In 1981 she went to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Teachers’ College Kabaleo in East New Britain to do her Teacher’s Training. She did this because of her great desire to teach the children and tell them about God’s love for them. She found the studies at the Teachers College quite challenging however she still tried her best. At the end of the year she was advised by the College administration not to continue the following year. Sr. Elizabeth found this difficult to accept but after some time she accepted it and set out to find other ways of letting people know about God’s love for them
Sr. Elizabeth used any opportunity that was offering to update herself; be it for her Pastoral work, Home Care ministry , Womens’ group or whatever came her way. In August 2004 she received a Certificate of Recognition of Service for the Religious participation and contribution she offered to the Catholic women in the Parishes of the Archdiocese of Port Moresby.
Some of the qualities we saw in Sr. Elizabeth were:
- She was a joyful person and had a very good sense of humour. When she laughed her whole body would shake with laughter. She enjoyed life and wanted others to do the same.
- She did not talk about other people. If she was disappointed or angry with anyone, she would turn away and say : “Lord, give me love”
- She loved dancing ever since she was small. When she told her mother about her desire to be a sister, her mother was doubtful because she thought that Elizabeth would continue to dance in the convent and she might be sent home.
- She did not complain but was very grateful for what she received or for what was done for her. This was clearly shown in her last illness which ended in her death. Towards the end she was suffering very much and in much pain, but never did we hear a word of complaint The words that came out of her mouths were: “Thank You” Someone went to see her on her sick bed and asked: Liz, how are you today? Her response was: “ As well as can be expected under the circumstances.”
- In her Pastoral ministry she was good with families. She could reach the level of the group she was engaged with. If she was talking to children, she would talk at their level, with the youth or adults she would communicate with them at their level.
- She had a great love and great devotion to St. Joseph and she gave him the nickname of Joey. She had that childlike trust in St. Joseph and if you asked her to pray for some intention she would say.” St. Joseph will fix that for you, don’t worry.” When she found out that there was a group of men in her own parish Inauaia who were known as St. Joseph’s group she gave them encouragement to remain strong in this devotion. The group has increased in numbers.
- She gave herself for others. She made time for those who came to her, needing someone to listen to them. She would go and visit the sick and the old in their homes or the hospitals. In the parishes where she worked, she knew the people because she associated herself with them and what was happening. Liz was a very sociable person.
- Elizabeth started the Junior Associates of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Hagita and at Inauaia the women’s Associates group
- She was a prayerful person and had a spirit of solitude. She was community minded, considerate, and had the extra vocation of looking after priests especially those in the outstations.
Liz had that beautiful smile on her face most of the time and until the end. Even after her death, that smile was still very noticeable. Those who came into her room commented: Oh, she is smiling!
Liz, as we say our last goodbye and pay our last tribute to you, we thank God for the blessings he has given to us all through your person. Thank you for teaching us how to be joyful, how to be grateful, to live simple lives trusting that we have only to ask our loving God and we will receive. Liz, these you taught us not by you words but by your very life. Liz, remember us in the house of the Father. Thank you, goodbye, we love you. May you rest in God’ loving embrace forever.
21st July 2014
By Fr Giorgio Licini
“Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw the stone had been taken away from the tomb” (John 20,1). This sentence and other similar ones (“the first day after the Sabbath”) in the New Testament explain the origin of Sunday. It was, in fact, on the first day after the Sabbath that the tomb of Jesus was found empty and that He was seen alive first by a few women and then by a number of his disciples on different occasions.
There is evidence in the New Testament that Peter, the leader of the Apostles, and the other Christians of Jewish origin, continued to go to the Temple and observed many of the traditions they had been brought up in. They probably also kept the Sabbath. In the Letters of Saint Paul, however, and elsewhere, we have mention of the communities gathering for prayer and the breaking of bread late at night that same day up to daybreak at the hour of the Resurrection of the Lord.
As soon as the new Christian converts came less and less from the Jewish people and more from the Romans, the Greeks and other smaller ethnic groups around the Mediterranean coast, the Jewish traditions lost their appeal and significance.
Gradually, the Sabbath was abandoned as a day of worship in favor of “the first day after the Sabbath” which came to be called in Latin “dies dominica”, literally “The Lord’s Day”, because of his Resurrection. In the modern languages of Southern Europe such as Italian, French and Spanish the name is still the same (domenica, dimanche, domingo). German and English instead have adopted the ancient Egyptian style of naming the days after the planets. But actually it is not surprising that the “Lord’s Day” has been attributed the name of the largest and most luminous of the planets, the sun.
“Some religious organizations (e.g. Seventh-day Adventists, Seventh-Day Baptists, and certain others) claim that Christians must not worship on Sunday, but rather on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. They claim that at some unnamed time after the apostolic age, the Church “changed” the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday. However, passages of Scripture such as Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Colossians 2:16-17, and Revelation 1:10 indicate that, even during New Testament times, the Sabbath was no longer binding and that Christians were to worship instead on the Lord’s day, on Sunday.” (catholic.com/tracts/sabbath-or-sunday)
The Christian Sunday, therefore, is rooted in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which took place on “the first day of the week.” The early communities made it a habit to gather on that day for the sharing of the Word of God, the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the collection for the poor as we see in the passages mentioned above. Down the centuries the Sunday has completely replaced the Sabbath, becoming also the day of rest, community service and works of charity. The Sabbath faded among Christians like other Jewish religious traditions such as the circumcision and their traditional festivities; while the Passover was given a completely new meaning with the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Dear Catholic Reporter,
Today on Kundu TV we had 60 minutes of sustained Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) attack on the Catholic Church over the Sabbath, including gross misrepresentations, distortion of facts, quotations of obscure people as if they were spokesmen for the Church and all taken out of context. The upshot was that our national broadcaster depicted the Catholic Church explicitly as the Antichrist!
I think we should complain to Kundu TV and ask for some sort of right to present our own view, which would of course be much more charitable than theirs.
Abp. Douglas Young – Mt. Hagen – 22 June 2014
This may be the first time it happens on media, but not in the schools or in the streets. Some of the other Christian denominations attack the way we honor Our Lady, the way we pray the Our Father and the Rosary, and the way we go to Church on Sunday.
In the past as a student at De La Salle Secondary School I heard them say strange things like, ”the Pope is the leader of the so called 666 gang;” or “gladiators are hiding under the Vatican in Rome to be let out in the last days to force people to have the mark of the beast on their heads.” I really can’t understand where they get all this false and absurd information.
I think it’s about time someone tells them to just preach the truth of the Gospel and not vilify other Churches that never talk against them.
Nigel Uaiz – Port Moresby – 6 July 2014
I am not surprised to hear of this, especially from the Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) as well as from some new “apostolic churches’ which question important components of the Catholic faith such as the Virgin Mary, the Holy Eucharist and so forth.
Our Church leaders tell us to forgive and pray for such people, but they don’t refrain from spoiling the Catholic Church and the Pope. I am doing my final year university research titled, “Is social media a tool for evangelization in PNG?”. As part of my study I joined several Facebook evangelical groups. I find all of them correct in their relationship with other churches, except for the SDAs. In one post and following comments, for example, they strongly attacked Pope Francis for underlining the importance of Sunday for Catholics in one of his visits to Southern Italy.
Why did Kundu 2, the so-called Nation’s voice, allow such a show to be televised? We are a Christian nation. Are we all forgetting about our Christian values and putting money first? I pray that all these people come to their senses, stop wasting time talking against other churches and start praying for forgiveness for their own souls, as all Christians should be doing.
Immaculate Foimae – Alotau – 8 July 2014
I am not against any Church or their doctrines, but we should not consider our Church traditions and doctrines as more important than Jesus Christ and drive people away from God’s truth. Jesus preached only one message that is the Kingdom of God and not an organized religion. Christ is not a president or a prime minister. He is a king. Time for religious politics is over.
Edwuard Mase – Madang – 10 July 2014
By Fr John Glynn – WeCARe! Foundation
The headline on the front page of Post Courier on Wednesday 16 July, Malnutrition Kills!, was accompanied by UNICEF statistics which are terrifying in their implications. For example: “… 45% of Papua New Guinea’s children have stunted growth …” This means that, because they are half-starved from birth, almost half of PNG young people do not grow physically to reach their proper size and strength. It also means that their brains are malnourished and so they do not reach their full level of mental ability. A report published last year by ASPBAE Australia Ltd. and PNG Education Advocacy Network showed that approximately 80% of Papua New Guineans are functionally illiterate and uneducated. Now we are told that almost half of our children are growing up physically and mentally retarded!
Of course, the children who are suffering from malnutrition are not “our” children. They are not the children of the blessed 20% or so of the population who are educated, employed, and able to take care of themselves and share in the increasing wealth of this lucky country. The one child in thirteen who dies before the age of five; the fourteen in every hundred who suffer “wasting” diseases and die by the age of six or seven; and the rest who grow up mentally and physically retarded, are the children of the 80% of the population who are illiterate, uneducated, and in many cases suffering from extreme poverty.
This whole situation should be completely intolerable and unacceptable to every thinking citizen. There should be an outcry from every corner of the country for a war on poverty and ignorance. But, of course, it won’t happen. The poor have no voice. The 80% of the population have little or no access to radio or television, and they cannot read the papers – which are not written for them in any case. And you will not meet any of them on Facebook or Twitter. It is so easy to ignore them, and to live our lives as if they didn’t exist.
By Angela Sowai Gizoria
While acquiring a Bachelor on Special Education at the University of Southern Queensland (Australia) from 2010-14, Secondary School teacher Angela Sowai Gizoria put together a full container of books for her native village school of Pes, Aitape, Sandaun province. She recently told the remarkable story to Catholic Reporter:
Angela, can you briefly explain how the books became available?
Two years ago I began talking with a few people at my university of Southern Queensland about the possibility of getting book donations. They were keen to help but because they were very busy people and so we did not get very far. They gave me a few boxes of books but it was not enough.
So early this year I decided to use the social media to my advantage. I joined a number of FaceBook groups in Toowoomba. In each of these forums I wrote a brief advertisement requesting for donations of books. I explained why I wanted the books and where they were going to be used. I also wrote letters to my daughter’s school and requested for a note to be sent home with children to their parents regarding my request for donated books and school related items. Hundreds of people responded to my request. Some of them who lived nearby and were able to drop them off at my place did. For many of them, I had to go and pick up the books. It meant that I had to hire taxis for picking up. It was costly on my part but I felt I had to see this through and it would mean using my own resources.
But the biggest blessing came when Susan Hass, a young woman who is a also school teacher called me and requested for a meeting with me. She said she was willing to help and that she needed a talk to find out more. After our meeting she went off and corresponded with schools and libraries in her small town. She asked me to write a letter explaining everything about my request and also where in PNG this stuff was going. Soon, an advertisement on my request was published in a local newspaper and it was also aired on the local radio station. More phone calls and emails followed. Soon my garage was overflowing with books and stuff. Susan did the collecting in Pittsworth, her small town and stored them in her garage.
Another big hit came when a Rotary Club of Pittsworth requested for a meeting with me and Susan. We met and what followed was massive. News reached more Rotary Clubs and now I have enough stuff to fill a 20ft container.
What kind of books are there and who made this project possible?
I have been given a variety of books both fiction and non-fiction. There are children’s picture books, novels for kids, young adults and also mature readers. I have also collected lots of atlases, dictionaries, world books (encyclopedias), educational video tapes, DVDs, two TV screens, two DVD players and two VCRs. Also in the collection are teachers’ resource books and folders of worksheets donated by teachers for teaching all subjects. There are also puzzles and games for kids. The women of Pittsworth sewed up 150 library bags for children to borrow and take books home in.
Where are the books to be shipped and for what purpose?
All these materials will be shipped to Wewak and then taken by road to St Joseph’s Pes Primary School in Aitape, Sandaun Province. The materials will go into a library building and will be organised in such a way that teachers can use them to enhance their teaching.
The main purpose is to give students the opportunity to read. There are lots of books to read for everyone from beginning to intermediate and also the accomplished readers. There might be a borrowing system set up for adults from the community to borrow as well because there lots of books for adult readers too. However, we will set up the place so there is a sort of AV corner where classes can go in to watch educational videos and then go to do related activities based on them. Later on we might add computers to this section. We will also have a fiction section for factual research and project related work for especially the grade 7 and 8 students. Then there will be the non-fiction section which will have all the novels and story books that kids can borrow and take home for reading. There will be books from this section that teachers can run reading programs on.
Can other similar projects be implemented to benefit other schools on PNG?
I believe similar projects can be implemented to benefit many other schools in PNG. It will be easier for schools in Port Moresby and Lae as they are they main ports of call. It is harder for Aitape and it costs more in terms of freight charges because of the distance. I decided to do this for Pes, Aitape because I wanted to give something back to my own people and my community.
I could have easily done that for a Port Moresby school but I feel that my own people will trust me more and I needed that trust because collaboration and cooperation are needed to pull this off. It is not too difficult to get donated books, but money is required for freight and this is where that trust is very important. The reason being that the biggest part of the freight expenses are to be paid by the school. What I did was organise for the container and everything else and send through the invoices to the school’s Board of Management to fund it. This meant that there was prior planning and negotiations with my people in authoritative positions.
This is also a laborious and time consuming project. People doing this need to be committed to use their own time and also spend some money to pull it off. The biggest thing is that someone has to be on the ground managing and executing the jobs. This can’t be managed from far.
Which government or no-no government organization can more easily assist?
I see this as a project that the education department can easily do for schools. Some government officials are already doing this at a smaller scale. I know that the MP for Wau Bulolo has been funding this for some time through the work of a group called “Books for PNG Kids” which some kind PNGeans in Brisbane are doing with a lady called Heather. However, books sent through this group do not get to remote places like Aitape.
That was why I decided to take this on board myself. It takes someone with special connections to these remote communities to see a project of this nature through to completion. I am not too sure if there are other organisations in PNG that can do this. I started off thinking it is a small project that will be over when this container is filled and sent off. It has now dawned on me that I am only overseeing phase one of the project and there are still two more phases to go. I wonder who will see the second and third phase through. I am faced with a dilemma. How do I coordinate phases 2 and 3 of this small but significant project?
There is a wealth of resources in this container. The second phase of it involves organising the resources so that the children get maximum benefit from them. The teachers at the school need to be trained on how to use these resources in their teaching. They have not had these resources before and I can’t just assume that they will know how to use them well.
The third phase is more analytical. There has to be a follow up sort of process. I have to have some sort of mechanism in place to monitor the use and benefits of this. How do I know that the school has gotten good value from the resources? This is a tough one and I do not have immediate ideas on this as yet. (GL)