Pacific

Importing Fijian miracle water to NZ banned Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
miracle water

Miracle water from a Fijian village that is proclaimed as the Lourdes of the Pacific has been banned from being brought into New Zealand unless treated. A Ministry of Primary Industries’ spokesperson, Craig Hughes, said close to 500 people had been intercepted at airports and other borders trying to bring the water in, and made a Read more

Claims of stigmata causing division in Samoa Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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The father of the Samoan woman who it is said received the stigmata last Easter is giving up his work of 23 years as a minister of the Congregational Christian Church. Reverend Opapo Oeti Soana’i  revealed his decision on Wednesday. “I am not going to wait for my roles as a church minister to be Read more

Tonga – Call to end corporal punishment. Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017
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Tonga’s Women and Children Crisis Centre says it is working with the police to end corporal punishment in Tonga. Last week, a middle school teacher was charged with assault over the beating of a student who was later hospitalised for his injuries. The teacher also reportedly threatened to beat the 11-year-old’s parents if they reported Read more

Asia Oceania women religious meeting embraces ecospirtuality Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017
ecospirituality

Ecospirituality was the focus of The Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious XVII which concluded March 3 in Yangon, Myanmar. There were 132 participants from 21 countries attending the meeting. The conference’s theme was”A Call for Global Ecological Conversion.” Participants explored the meaning of ecospirituality and the inherent Asian spirituality that celebrates ; “Contemplative consciousness” and “ecological Read more

US Peace Corps 50 years in Samoa – Catholic schools among the beneficiaries Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
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Catholic schools are among the many organisations in Samoa that have been enriched by the work done by the United States Peace Corps. The Government of Samoa first invited Peace Corps to Samoa in 1967 In the 50 years since that time, over 2000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Samoa They have helped build Read more

Samoan government considers making pastors pay tax Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
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The Samoan government is considering making church ministers pay tax. “We are now in the process of carrying out consultations with churches,” Samoa’s Minister of Revenue, Ti’alavea Tionisio Hunt says. “We already had a meeting with the Executive of the Samoa National Council of Churches where we discussed the issue,” He said he understood pastors Read more

Woman said to have stigmata returning to Samoa from Rome Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
stigmata

The Samoan woman said to have the stigmata, Toaipuapuaga (Toa) Patrick, and her family will be returning to Samoa from Rome at the end of March. Toa and her family have been in Rome for six months. Photographs sent to the online news organisation Talamua from Rome show Toa in Rome greeting the Pope. However, Read more

Climate refugees nothing new in the Pacific Islands Comments 0

Monday, March 13th, 2017
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Climate change threatens to displace i-Kiribati, the people of the low-lying atoll nation of Kiribati. However if relocation proves necessary it will not be the first time that i-Kiribati have found themselves, en-mass, in a ‘strange’ land. The recently appointed Apostolic delegate to the Solomon Islands, Archbishop Mathew Kurian Vayalunkal received at a true i-Kiribati welcome Read more

Nouméa Catholic Relief Services building destroyed by fire Comments 0

Monday, March 13th, 2017
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A building in down town Noumea belonging to Secours Catholic (Catholic Relief Services) in Nouméa, has been destroyed by fire. The fire broke out last Thursday shortly before 3am and destroyed the wooden and corrugated iron building located between the St Joseph’s Cathedral and Frédéric-Surleau school. About twenty firemen and seven fire appliances were used Read more

Stream of what is said to be healing water found in Vanuatu Comments 0

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
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People in Luganville, Santo, are flocking day and night to a stream that is claimed to have healing elements. There is however no scientific expert or medical data is available to back or rebut these claims. A caller from Luganville, told the Vanuatu Daily Post around 200 to 300 people come to the stream every Read more