12 Oct 2016

First PNG cardinal says Pope is looking to the developing world

From , 6:03 am on 12 October 2016

The first Catholic bishop of Papua New Guinea to be appointed as a cardinal says he will spread the message of his country's plight with the rest of the world.

The Archbishop of Port Moresby, John Ribat, says he was surprised and shocked when he heard the news, but says it's consistent with Pope Francis' approach to appointing cardinals from developing nations.

He told Alex Perrottet that Pope Francis is trying to reform the way Christians see the church.

St Peter's Basilica, Vatican.

  St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City is famous as a place of pilgrimage. Photo: RNZI/Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor