Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CHURCH DEMOLISHED AS DEVELOPER CLAIMS LAND


By Michelle Amba 

A 40-year-old Catholic Church in Central Province outside  of Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby,  has been demolished by developers. 

Bisogo Catholic church has has a congregation of  about a  thousand people in the Laloki area. 

A new title holder used force to put down the church building. 

The  Port Moresby Catholic  Archbishop,  John Ribat,  was at the site this morning condemning the actions of those responsible.

“This shows that people do not care about  what Christianity and what the church is bringing to the communities,"  he said.  "It shows that people put material things ahead of Christian beliefs  and teachings,"  said Bishop Ribat.

Bishop Ribat said there was an understanding between the landowners and the church and the church has been there through this understanding.

After several attempts to get clarification from the lands department, the church found out that the boundaries of where the church was situated  and the piece of land that was sold off was not quite clear.

It seems portion 230 was sold to the said title holder and the church sits on portion 292.The church believes  there has  been some misunderstanding resulting in the demolition of the church.

The Bishop said, “It is not clear to us whether the land is a customary land or state land however more investigations must be conducted to clarify these doubts”.
Bishop Ribat says the damage has been done and the Church will be working in close consultation with the Lands department to see how this can be resolved.

                     

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