Cardinal Ribat welcomed home
By ELIZABETH VUVU
CARDINAL Sir John Ribat arrived in East New Britain yesterday afternoon to a rousing welcome at Tokua airport.
When he stepped out of the airplane, his people from the Balanataman LLG in Rabaul district gathered on the tarmac shouted with joy as they welcomed him. He was greeted at the airport by Deputy Prime Minister Sir Leo Dion, Archbishop of Rabaul Francesco Panfilo, former Archbishop of Rabaul Karl Hesse, Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat, Pomio MP Elias Kapavore and other officials.
This is Cardinal Ribat’s maiden visit to ENB since his appointment by Pope Francis on Nov 19.
While in ENB, he will celebrate mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral at Vunapope, St Joseph’s Parish at Malaguna, OLSH Parish at Volavolo, St Xavier Catholic Church at Kuragaga in Rabaul and St Mathew Parish at Vunamarita in Gazelle.