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HIgher Education Pacific

From student chairs to the Tongan throne

A University of Notre Dame staff member’s giving nature and the reach of social media have combined to create a rich and rewarding connection between Notre Dame, a Tongan school and Tongan royalty.

Appointment Pacific

Pope appoints new archbishop for Samoa

Pope Francis has appointed West Auckland priest Fr Mosese Vitolio Tui as the new Archbishop of Samoa-Apia. Source: NZCBC.

Bishops Pacific

Oceania bishops consider pastoral responses to Pacific migration

Migration across the Pacific and the pastoral care of migrants emerged as key points of discussion at last week’s executive meeting of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania in Wellington, New Zealand. Source: Broken Bay Diocese.

Charity Pacific

UN report lays out scale of PNG landslide humanitarian disaster 

A United Nations rapid assessment report following the May 24 landslide in Papua New Guinea has revealed extensive losses and damage to communities downhill, destroying livelihoods and key infrastructure. Source: Caritas Australia.


Coadjutor bishop for Cook Islands hopes to spiritually nourish his people

One month after his ordination as coadjutor bishop of Rarotonga Diocese in the Cook Islands, Bishop Reynaldo Bunyi Getalado expressed his aspiration to “spiritually nourish” the people of God in the Pacific nation. Source: CNA.

Pacific Vatican

Vatican urges rich countries to cancel debt for poor small island nations

The Holy See has called for increased efforts from developed nations to help small island nations achieve their sustainable development goals by cancelling their debt. Source: Vatican News.

Foreign Aid Pacific

Australia stands alongside PNG, sends aid after landslide 

Australia is holding out hope for Papua New Guinea following a deadly landslide, with assistance already under way, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said. Source: SBS News.


Caritas launches appeal to support PNG communities hit by landslide

Caritas Australia has launched an appeal for Papua New Guinea following the catastrophic landslide that struck the Pacific nation on Friday, as Pope Francis expressed his sorrow and offered prayers for the victims.


Hundreds feared dead following Papua New Guinea landslide

A United Nations agency has confirmed more than 670 people are presumed dead following a landslide in Papua New Guinea’s highlands on Friday. Source: ABC News.