14 May 2018

Bougainville Catholic Church to be neutral over vote

4:20 pm on 14 May 2018

The head of the Catholic Church in Bougainville says the church will take a neutral stance over next year's referendum.

In June next year Bougainville is set to vote on possible independence from Papua New Guinea.

In a sermon on Sunday, Bishop Bernard Unabali told the congregation that the church would support whatever the outcome was - independence or autonomy.

He said he would not let the church become involved in politics, and wanted to see a clear line of demarcation between it and the government.

Bougainville Bishop Bernard Unabali

Bougainville Bishop Bernard Unabali Photo: supplied

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