John Ribat

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Sir John Ribat

Cardinal, Archbishop of Port Moresby
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Cardinal Ribat in 2019
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseArchdiocese of Port Moresby
SeePort Moresby
Appointed26 March 2008
PredecessorBrian James Barnes
Ordination1 December 1985
Consecration11 February 2001
by Gérard-Joseph Deschamps
Created cardinal19 November 2016
by Pope Francis
RankCardinal Priest
Personal details
Birth nameJohn Ribat
Born (1957-02-09) 9 February 1957 (age 63)
Volavolo, Papua New Guinea
Previous post
  • Bishop of Bereina (2002–2008)
  • Coadjutor Archbishop of Port Moresby (2007–2008)
MottoPeace through Jesus' Heart
Coat of armsSir John Ribat's coat of arms
Ordination history of
John Ribat
Priestly ordination
Date1 December 1985
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorGerard-Joseph Deschamps
Co-consecratorsBrian James Barnes
Benedict To Varpin
Date11 February 2001
Elevated byPope Francis
Date19 November 2016
Styles of
John Ribat
Coat of arms of John Ribat.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Cardinal Sir John Ribat KBE MSC (born 9 February 1957) is a Papua New Guinean prelate of the Roman Catholic Church and a cardinal since 2016. He has been the Archbishop of Port Moresby since 2008.


Ribat was born in Volavolo, Papua New Guinea. He professed as a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in February 1979.[1] He was ordained a priest on 1 December 1985.

He worked as a parish priest, continued his studies in Manila, and served as master of novices for the Missionaries in Suva, Fiji.[1]

On 30 October 2000, Pope John Paul II named him auxiliary bishop of Bereina and titular bishop of Macriana Minor. He was consecrated bishop on 11 February 2001 and named Bishop of Bereina on 12 February 2002. Pope Benedict XVI named him Coadjutor Archbishop of Port Moresby on 16 April 2007 and he succeeded to that office on 26 March 2008.

He was conferred a knighthood on 12 June 2016 in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.[2]

On 9 October 2016, Pope Francis announced that he planned to raise Ribat to the rank of cardinal at a consistory scheduled for 19 November 2016.[3] He was made a Cardinal Priest on that day and assigned to the titular church of San Giovanni Battista de Rossi.[4] He is the first cardinal from his country.

Francis made him a member of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on 23 December 2017.[5]


  1. ^ a b Luxmoore, Jonathan (28 October 2016). "Papua New Guinea's first cardinal to represent Catholics in 'small places'". The Catholic Register. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Deputy PM, Catholic archbishop knighted". The National. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro il 19 novembre per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali". Press Office of the Holy See.
  4. ^ "Titular churches and diaconates of the new cardinals, 19.11.2016" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 23.12.2017" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Gerard-Joseph Deschamps
Bishop of Bereina
Succeeded by
Rochus Josef Tatamai
Preceded by
Brian James Barnes
Archbishop of Port Moresby
Preceded by
Julio Terrazas Sandoval
Cardinal Priest of San Giovanni Battista de Rossi