OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA - The State and Churches united in fighting the emergency of Covid-19

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 coronavirus   local churches   solidarity   faith   civil society   missionaries  


Bereina (Agenzia Fides) - In Papua New Guinea the State and Christian Churches, civil and ecclesial institutions and are united to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic: as Sister Nguyet Vu missionary of the Cavanis Ges Good Shepherd Fraternity in Bereina reports to Agenzia Fides, it was precious and comforting for believers and all citizens to hear the words of the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape, who, addressing his Country in recent days, said: "Human attempts to fight Covid-19 like other diseases will be futile if we do not ask God for help". "If superpowers like the United States of America and other countries with better health systems than ours, such as Italy, have been so strongly affected - he underlined - what can we do to combat Covid-19 in Papua New Guinea, where we do not have an adequate health system?", said Marape inviting the population to a period of twenty-one days of prayer and fasting.
These are words imbued with faith and commitment to the common good: "God is giving us an opportunity to stop, to ask ourselves how we can contribute to our country, our jobs, in our families", he said, announcing the nation's lock-down. "All of us here in Papua New Guinea pray not only for the effects of this pandemic, but also for the many other problems our country faces, such as domestic violence, corruption, politicians and state workers who are not honest in their work", added the Prime Minister.
His words offered comfort and hope to the population: "As the Prime Minister raised his prayer and his gaze to God, we hope that even its inhabitants can listen to this invitation, so that this small nation can be an example for other political leaders", writes to Agenzia Fides Sister Nguyet Vu. "We all believe in the words that Jesus addresses to Peter: Do not be afraid! and at the invitation of Pope Francis to embrace the hope of being reborn united", concludes the missionary. (NV/AP) (Agenzia FIdes, 13/5/2020)