Cardinal Ribat leads the Archdiocese of Port Moresby, the largest of 19 dioceses that serve Papua New Guinea. Every day he says he encounters families who are losing their livelihood or even their home to the effects of rising sea levels in their island community. Climate change is not a concept or a debatable point in Cardinal Ribat’s part of the world.

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By María G. Covarrubias

 Every year during the Easter season, children, youth and adults gather to receive the Sacraments of initiation within the Christian community. Sacraments are instruments of grace; Sacraments are very important for the life of the Church and are prophetic symbols of the Kingdom of God, celebrated by the Church.

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By Malie Hudson

 On May 18, Bishop Gerald Barnes will ordain three men to the priesthood. It will be the culmination of nearly a decade of formation for Ted Drennan, Juan Carlos Lopez and Charles “Gino” Galley, who came from various backgrounds to pursue a vocation to the priesthood.

 Galley, 32, began his vocation after converting to the Catholic faith on Easter Vigil in 2005 at St. John XXIII Parish in Rialto.
 “Being a priest is something I never wanted to be,” admits Galley. “That was not the first thing on my list.”

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By Malie Hudson

 On May 18, Bishop Gerald Barnes will ordain three men to the priesthood. It will be the culmination of nearly a decade of formation for Ted Drennan, Juan Carlos Lopez and Charles “Gino” Galley, who came from various backgrounds to pursue a vocation to the priesthood.

 Lopez, 48, knew at nine years old that he would eventually become a priest.

 “I was never asked or encouraged to enter the seminary or the priesthood, but I was very interested,” said Lopez. “At a very young age, after catechism, I would assist with Mass every Sunday. I developed a strong devotion to Mary and the Rosary. I enjoyed sitting in the pews in Mass before the crucifix and I would feel a profound peace.”

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