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Caritas Papua New Guinea or CPNG is a Commission of the Catholic Bishop's Conference of PNG and Solomon Islands that serves as the relief, justice, peace, & development agency of the Catholic Church in PNG.

Originally established in 1974 as the Catholic Commission for Justice, Peace, and Development (CCJPD) under the auspices of The Catholic Bishops Inc. (IPA 5-35 Incorporated Association), it operated under this name until 2001 when it changed to Caritas Papua New Guinea (CPNG) as part of a global universal name used in six Caritas Confederations under the umbrella of Caritas Internationalis.

Caritas Internationalis Membership

Caritas Internationalis, the world’s second-largest humanitarian network collectively has more than 500,000 staff and 20 million volunteers operating through 169 national Caritas agencies in 200 countries and territories.

CPNG being a member organisation is required to adhere to its management standards as well as adopt its organisational policies to suit the local PNG context. In 2021, Caritas PNG formally began the process of obtaining for itself the Caritas Internationalis Management Standards (CIMS) Accreditation. This lengthy and rigorous process involves self-assessment, capacity building and external assessment for accreditation. CPNG is on track to complete this process by 2024.

Caritas PNG is a financial member of both Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Oceania. Alongside Caritas PNG in Oceania are Caritas Fiji, Caritas Samoa, Caritas Tonga, Caritas Australia, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, and CEPAC (Caritas Pacific Islands). Together, we work on development, emergency response, climate change, and peace building. Collectively, the ​Caritas network has a wide presence across the Pacific, covering 20 countries.

Staff and Coverage

The national coordinating office of Caritas PNG is currently housed in the CBCPNGSI Secretariat in Port Moresby and comprises of five national staff who are lead by the National Director.

Caritas PNG’s coverage spans 22 provinces (or 19 dioceses) where we have a staff strength of 18 out of 19 coordinators, that is, one per diocese. Of the 18, four are women, a remarkable improvement from zero female appointees in the past. We currently have vacancies in Bereina Diocese.



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