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400 year old bible to come to PNG

400 year old bible to come to PNG

Updated 24 April 2015, 17:10 AEST

The Speaker of Papua New Guinea's Parliament has travelled to the United States to bring back a 400 year old bible.

Theodore Zurenoc is being accompanied by other MPs and church pastors on the trip to accept one of the original copies of the King James Bible, which is being donated by a businessman in Indiana.

There's controversy in PNG about the cost of the trip though, with the Post Courier newspaper estimating it will cost the taxpayer 31 thousand Australian dollars in air fares alone.

The speaker has courted controversy in the past with an agressive campaign to christianise PNG politics, by chainsawing carved heads outside parliament off the lintel, and getting rid of tribal totem poles inside the chamber.

He wants this bible to be placed centrally in the chamber.

In accepting the bible at a ceremony in Indiana, Mr Zurenoc offered an apology for the deaths of missionaries in the past.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Reverend Joseph Walters, PNG church pastor, Theodore Zurenoc, PNG House Speaker

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