DIRECTOR`S MESSAGE FOR THE MONTH OF JULY
Each year on July 07th, the Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea celebrates the Feast of Blessed Pita ToRot. He was a catechist, and a layman who carried out his duties and responsibilities with great faith. He served during the second world war, (1942-45) among his own people in Rakunai, in the Archdiocese of Rabaul. He defended the dignity of family life that caused him his life. During the beatification mass in Port Moresby on the 17th of January, 1994, St. John Paul II exhorted the Christians in Papua New Guinea to emulate his charisms.
We have some beautiful church documents like Chris te fidelis laci, and The church in the modern world, that challenges the believers to be active in the life of the world.
Faith is not only given to be practiced in the church, but to be nurtured and applied in every day life. No matter what situations we encounter in society. Blessed Pita ToRot had the courage to practice his faith, and fight against the evil that was perpetrated by the Japanese during the war. The challenge for Christians today in Papua New Guinea is to protect the dignity and value of human life that God has bestowed on humanity. God Bless you all!
Yours in Christ and Mary,
Fr. Paul Kote, Director, RMPNG