PNG PM welcomes arrival of bible

8:41 pm on 28 April 2015

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has formally received a delegation that returned to Port Moresby from the US with a first edition of the King James Bible.

The delegation, led by speaker of parliament Theodore Zurenuoc, traveled to Indiana to collect the 400-year old bible, which is a gift from a private donor to PNG, to be placed at parliament.

The reception was witnessed by more than a thousand people, including pastors and priests from different churches.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill speaks at a reception for a first edition of the King James Bible given to PNG by a private US donor.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill speaks at a reception for a first edition of the King James Bible given to PNG by a private US donor. Photo: Supplied

Earlier, according to media reports out of the PNG capital, between ten and twenty thousand people turned up to welcome the bible when the delegation arrived at Port Moresby's Jackson's Airport.

Speaking at the formal reception, Mr O'Neill said that the gift was significant because PNG was a Christian nation.

He said it would be of comfort to many to hear words read from this Bible as PNG faces challenges into the future.

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