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Churches put conflict behind them & unite with a handshake

Bishop Bernard Unabali and Bishop Rev Tim ArthurANTHONY KAYBING

THE BOUGAINVILLE Region of the United Church celebrated its centenary in the Siwai District last week.

Over the course of the history of Christianity in Bougainville over those 100 years, there have been differences amongst the churches.

Their respective religious practices and have sometimes caused animosity, especially between the mainline Roman Catholic and United churches.

Over recent years the friction has subsided, although there are some people who discreetly harbour archaic emotions.

In my photograph, Bougainville Catholic Bishop Bernard Unabali and Bougainville United Church Bishop Tim Arthur come together during the centenary celebrations to put to rest ill will between the two churches over the last 100 years.


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