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Oceania bishops to meet next year in PNG

The Catholic Bishops of Oceania will gather for their four yearly meeting in Vunapope on the Island of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea for three days at the end of next May.

The decision to hold the meeting was made at last week's meeting of the Executive of the Federation of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Oceania held in Papua New Guinea. Bishops Peter Connors and John Gerry are the ACBC elected representatives on the FCBCO Executive.

The theme of discussions will be based on the Holy Father's recent Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Inuente, which was released earlier this year.

The Bishops have gathered together every four years since Vatican II following a Council recommendation that neighbouring Bishops' Conferences meet at least every four years for pastoral interaction, collaboration and discussion. The Bishops last met during the Synod of Oceania held in Rome in 1998 and prior to that in New Zealand in 1994.

The region of Oceania encompasses the Bishops' Conferences of Australia, the Pacific (CEPAC), PNG and the Solomons, and New Zealand.

The General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference of PNG, Mr Lawrence Stephens, has been charged with the task of organising the meeting in collaboration with other General Secretaries in the region.

The Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands
Pacific Islands Religious
Oceania in numbers (Zenit)