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Ahok, jailed former governor says he forgives and accepts Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Ahok

“I know this is not easy for you to accept this reality, let alone me, but I have learned to forgive and accept all this,” the former governor of Jakarta  said in a letter read out at a news conference held by his wife Veronica Tan on Tuesday. In the letter Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, (Ahok) Read more

First Seventh-day Adventist church opened in Nauru Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Adventist

The first Seventh-day Adventist church in Nauru was officially opened on April 9 by Maveni Kaufononga, president of the Trans-Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) church region, based in Fiji, and Nauru Government Minister Shadlog Bernicke. Reagan Aliklik, the elder and landowner who donated the land for the church, shared a brief history of Adventism in the Read more

Samoa Church to continue funding TV Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Radio New Zealand reports the annual conference of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has decided to continue funding its EFKS television service. The station had incurred losses since its launch four years ago and the conference looked at a recommendation to either shut it down or lease it out. Read more and  also read Read more

CCCS dedicate new Jubilee Church Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
Jubilee church

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) dedicated their new Jubilee church  (Fale Iupeli) at the headquarters Malua last Thursday. The dedication ceremony started with various church district presenting gifts in a traditional Ta’alolo and the Mafutaga Aoao a Tina – the Church Women’s Council presented  fine mats, siapo and a monetary gift of $2 million Read more

A’eau Chris Hazelman re-appointed pro-chancellor Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
Chris Hazelman

A’eau Chris Hazelman a former director of education of the Catholic archdiocese of Samoa-Apia, has been re-appointed pro chancellor of the University of Samoa for the next three years. He was first appointed pro chancellor in 2014. The National University of Samoa Council unanimously supported A’eau and its recommendation was accepted by Cabinet. A’eau served Read more

Another I-Kiribati woman takes final vows Comments 0

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
final vows

Sister Tibwau Matia recently took her final vows as a Sister of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict, becoming the third I-Kiribati woman to do so. The Rite of Perpetual Profession took place during Eucharist at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Kiribati’s main island, Tarawa, in the presence of about 250 people. “Speaking Read more

Refugees given Hobson’s choice as detention centre closed down Comments 0

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
refugees

Refugees detained on Manus Island have been warned not to revolt as Papua New Guinea authorities revealed plans for the gradual closure and demolition of the Australian detention centre. Refugees and detainees were told to consider their options, but not to leave it too late to make a decision. “No one will be resettled in Read more

Vigils held for imprisoned Indonesian Christian leader Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017
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Nightly candlelight vigils have been held in cities across Indonesia since Tuesday when the governor of the capital Jakarta, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, was found guilty and sentenced to two years prison. Indonesians abroad also held vigils in cities including Amsterdam, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia. Months of huge protests against Ahok by Islamic hardliners and Read more

Mormon depiction of Samoan culture called racist Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017
stereotypes

Gina Colvin a New Zealand academic and a Mormon, has accused her church of racism. A Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints “Discovery Centre” at in Utah, in the United States, allows visitors to learn about different cultures around the world. However, Colvin says an exhibition which encourages people to superimpose their face Read more

Christian Governor in Indonesia found guilty of blasphemy Comments 0

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
blasphemy

An Indonesian court has found Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the Christian governor of Jakarta, guilty of blasphemy against Islam. After sentencing Purnama, known as Ahok, was taken to Cipinang Penitentiary in Jakarta, which houses criminals including drug dealers and rapists. The sentence was harsher than what prosecutors had asked for. They had recommended two years’ probation Read more