Posted By Staff Reporter
Church-government partnerships are the right way forward for development, a
senior MP and Cabinet Minister has said. Gumine MP and Education Minister Nick
Kuman told over 2000 parishioners of St Anne’s parish, Dirima, Chimbu Province
that the government has aligned with the churches to bring development to the
Minister Hon. Nick Kuman who visited the parish recently,
for the 50th anniversary of St Anne’s Church and the farewell celebration of
parish priest, Fr John Le, who served the parish for 10 years, made the
government’s approach known.
Minister Hon. Nick Kuman, in the
presence of Bishop of Kundiawa, Bishop Anton Bal, the clergy and the Catholic
faithful, said the churches have done a tremendous job in the areas of spiritual
and physical growth prior to independence and are continuing to do the same. He
said the government acknowledged the contributions made by the churches and will
enhance its support and partnership; of which the details would be made known
soon by the O’Neill-Dion Government.
Minister Hon. Nick Kuman
congratulated St Anne’s parish and outgoing parish priest Fr John Le for
improving the infrastructure of the parish during his 10 years administration.
He also committed K20,000 to the parish to buy tiles for the floor of the church
building. Bishop Anton Bal said the church and the government would work
together where the church for development but the people must determine how the
processes should take shape. Bishop Bal said the people should reflect in their
attitudes and behaviours their faith in God for the sustainability and
continuation of social services that are required to improve living standards.
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