OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA - A Church with God as the epicenter among the challenges of evangelization

Friday, 23 July 2021 evangelization  

Port Moresby (Agenzia Fides) - "There is nothing impossible when God is by our side", says Mgr. Rozario Menezes, SMM, in relation to the challenges of evangelization faced by the diocese of Lae, of which he has been bishop since December 15, 2018. "If we really want to build the Church, we must build it with God at the center. Only by acting in this direction can we guide our people to reach the Kingdom of God", explains the prelate in the note from the Secretariat of the Bishops' Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands sent to Fides. The Bishop affirmed that, despite the many efforts, without the grace of God very little can be done, while "nothing is impossible for God when we put him at the center of our Church". Most of the parishes located in the cities are facilitated by the dissemination of their events via radio and social media, which is not the case for those parishes located in the rural areas of the province. "The privileges in the city of knowing what is happening in the Church should be the same in the villages which, unfortunately, do not have social media and the Internet", says Mgr. Rozario. "Our young people are very active, many have reached the 12th grade of education", he said, underlining the vital role played by young people in the local Church and inviting them to live according to God's standards in order to experience a true change of attitude and mentality that lead to becoming evangelizers in Lae. "Thanks to the dedication of Father Brian Nonde, Regional Secretary of the Mariannhill Missionaries of PNG and Director of the local Catholic radio station FM 103.7, many of our young people have received training courses to improve the dissemination of Church stories and events".
Mgr. Rozario also assured that, to improve the approach to evangelization, a diocesan pastoral plan is currently being studied and will be announced shortly. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 23/7/2021)