Samoan who is said to have stigmata becomes a Catholic


The Samoan woman, who many believe received the stigmata at Easter this year, has become a Catholic.

Toaipuapuagā (Toa) Opapo Soana’i is the daughter of the Congregational Christian Church (CCCS) the Reverend Opapo Oeti.

She and her husband Patrick Ah Chong formalised her conversion by renewing her wedding vows in the Catholic Church.

Asked about claims from unbelievers she has lost her marbles, Toa said she is not worried about them.

“I know the majority of the people misunderstand almost everything I say, they twist it,” she said.

“But being chosen by God as a messenger is something I did not ask for. He chooses whoever he wants as a messenger.”

Toa said she could not wait for the leadership of the CCCS to make up their minds about accepting her and most importantly the messages she was “receiving from God.”

“We don’t have that much time to prepare and get things done because God gave us this mission to complete right on time,” she said.

Toa said one of her desires is to travel to Rome. Becoming a member of the Catholic Church is a step closer towards fulfilling that wish.

She added that while she continues to be fully supportive of her parents’ work as Church Ministers of the CCCS some recent developments have left her with no choice but to become a Catholic.

“The elders of the church (CCCS) are trying to stop us from spreading the messages and my father was instructed to distant himself from what’s going on with me,” she said.

“He was told to remove the statues from inside the church.”
Toa said she feels sad about this.

She first experienced stigmata earlier this year during an Easter play at her CCCS Sunday school.

She began to bleed from wounds on her hands, head and feet.

Toa, told the Talamua Online News that since then she had received a total of 44 messages from God.

She has gathered a following in Samoa including the Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi and the local Catholic clergy.


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