Catholic Church


Independent State of Papua New Guinea (Papua New Guinea)

Papua New Guinea

Also known as: Papua-Neuguinea (Deutsch), Papúa Nueva Guinea (español), la Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée (français), Papua Nuova Guinea (Italiano), Papua-Nowa Gwinea (polski), Papua-Nova Guiné (Português), 巴布亞新畿內亞 (正體中文), パプアニューギニア (日本語), Papua Nova Guinea (latine)

Continent: Oceania

Capital: Port Moresby

Area: 452,860 km²

Population: 6,909,701

Patron Saint: St. Michael

Saints: 2 Blesseds

Religions: Roman Catholic 27%, Protestant 69.4% (Evangelical Lutheran 19.5%, United Church 11.5%, Seventh Day Adventist 10%, Pentecostal 8.6%, Evangelical Alliance 5.2%, Anglican 3.2%, Baptist 2.5%, other Protestant 8.9%), Baha'i 0.3%, indigenous beliefs and other 3.3%

Languages: Tok Pisin (official), English (official), Hiri Motu (official), some 839 indigenous languages spoken (about 12% of the world's total); many languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers

Ethnic Groups: Melanesian, Papuan, Negrito, Micronesian, Polynesian

Motto: Unity in Diversity (English)

Neighbouring Countries: Indonesia Indonesia, ↑ Micronesia Micronesia, → Solomon Islands Solomon Islands, ↓ Australia Australia

Jurisdictions (19): Metr. Archdioceses Metr. Archdiocese (4), Dioceses Diocese (15)

Roman Rite (19): Aitape, Alotau–Sideia, Bereina, Bougainville, Daru–Kiunga, Goroka, Kavieng, Kerema, Kimbe, Kundiawa, Lae, Madang, Mendi, Mount Hagen, Port Moresby, Rabaul, Vanimo, Wabag, Wewak

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Changes in Jurisdictions | Former Jurisdictions

CardinalsCardinals (1 elector/1 total): Cardinal John Ribat, M.S.C. (65)Ribat (65) | All Cardinals

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Special Churches Special Churches: Cathedrals Cathedrals (22)

Documents and Celebrations Documents and Celebrations

Papal Visits

Apostolic Nunciature: Papua New Guinea Archbishop Fermín Emilio Sosa Rodríguez (54)

Conference of Bishops: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Papua New Guinea and Soloman Islands Link Archbishop Anton Bal (58)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (F.C.B.C.O.) Archbishop Peter Loy Chong (61)

Last updated on 2022.11.23

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