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Fiji marks cyclone Winston anniversary with national prayer service Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
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A multi-faith national service was be held on Monday to mark the first anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston. The service was held at Albert Park Pavilion in Suva. Employers had been asked to let as many workers as possible attend the ceremony which was led by the president Jioji Konrote. Representatives of some of the Read more

Constitutional amendment will block extremism says priest Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The chancellor of Samoa’s Catholic Archdiocese said he supports proposed amendment to the constitution which will declare Samoa a Christian nation. He said while people of other faiths should not be worried by the amendment. But it will stop those who create conflict in the name of religion from coming to Samoa. “It doesn’t mean Read more

CEDAW ratification dividing the nation says Tonga’s PM Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017
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Tonga’s Prime Minister says the ratification of the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has divided the nation. Mr ‘Akilisi  Pohiva said local women’s groups would again be asked to carry out public consultations. Tonga has been preparing to ratify the convention since 2015. Last year Pohiva said the Read more

Cardinal Burke says Guam abuse probe completed within months Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017
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Cardinal Raymond Burke says he’s aiming to wrap up the sex abuse investigation involving Guam’s suspended archbishop by the “summer”. (ie. in the northern hemisphere) He is presiding over the church tribunal hearing the case against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who faces multiple allegations of sex abuse of altar boys in the 1970s. Apuron has denied the Read more

Some church groups hindering village life in Fiji Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
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There is a need to limit and be very careful about allowing new religious groups to come into villages because they have different beliefs says Ministry of iTaukei Affairs permanent secretary He said that they are asking these religious groups to follow the proper channel and liaise with the village headmen. “New religious and church Read more

Accusations of sexual abuse made against retired Mariana’s Bishop. Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
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Accusations of sexual abuse have been made against another Bishop in the Mariana Islands. Complaints have been filed against Bishop Emeritus Tomas Camacho, of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa on Saipan in the Northern Marianas The present Bishop of Chalan Kanoa, Ryan Jimenez  says that the church will give its full cooperation with civil authorities in Read more

Male suicide a silent epidemic in Fiji Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

THE news may come as a shock to many. Within a day and a half, every 36 hours a person in Fiji attempts suicide. The Fiji Times reported the Minister for Lands and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya, as saying: “Fiji’s suicide rate has topped the Pacific and was four times more than the road death toll.” Read more

Cardinal Burke sent to Guam to investigate sex abuse claims Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The Vatican has sent conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke to the Pacific island of Guam to investigate an important case alleging sexual abuse. Burke, a Rome-based American, is due to interview a former altar boy in Guam on Thursday who says he was sexually abused by Apuron, the Pacific Daily News reported. Continue reading

Man in court after removing and damaging statue of Mary Comments 0

Monday, February 13th, 2017
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In Samoa, a man accused of taking a statue of the Blessed Virgin from a Congregation Christian Church of Samoa (E.F.K.S) Church has been charged with burglary and wilful damage Tavita Sa’u from Si’ufaga, Falelatai, did not enter a plea when he appeared before Judge Talasa Lumepa Atoa Saaga. The statue has been at the Read more

Donation of equipment worth 80,000 tala from former students Comments 0

Monday, February 13th, 2017
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The learning experience for students of St. Mary’s College at Vaimoso in Samoa has received a tremendous boost thanks to former students The Saint Mary’s Old Girls Association (S.M.O.G.A) has donated equipment worth of up to $80,000 tala to the school. It was one way of recognising the College that nurtured their academic lives. The Read more