Papua New Guinea is the largest country in Oceania, which includes Asia, Australia, and thousands of islands in the Pacific Ocean. Its ecosystem is one of the most diverse on Earth, as is its population: some 830 languages are spoken by its residents.
But the country has had difficulty adjusting to the developments of the Information Age. In many cases, the state has failed to perform even its most basic duties, resulting in a general sense of discontent: crime, addiction, and domestic violence rates have all increased in recent years.
Papua New Guinea is a predominantly Christian country, and the Church is now focused on developing the family apostolate and addressing its most urgent needs, both spiritual and practical. But the dioceses are poor, and many priests are forced to support themselves by growing their own food. Plus, the parishes themselves are vast, and most Christians live in remote mountain regions that are accessible only by dangerous roads.
In order to reach the distant faithful, there are 13 diocesan committees that manage pastoral and social activities, and train laypeople so that they can lead their communities independently. They also work to improve living conditions, which goes hand in hand with spiritual outreach.
ACN has promised three years of support to this pastoral outreach program, and our contribution for 2019 is $33,600.
Will you join us in helping the families of Papua New Guinea?
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