3 Dec 2007

Samoa's Head of State to lead traditional national apology

2:40 pm on 3 December 2007

Samoa's Head of State, His Highness Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi and his wife Masiofo Filifilia are to lead a traditional Samoan apology, or ifoga for Samoa's sins this Friday.

According to the Private Secretary of the Catholic Archbishop Alapati Mataeliga, Father Spartz Silva, the ifoga will take place in front of the Parliament Building, at Mulinuu.

Father Spartz says His Highness Tuiatua and Masiofo Filifilia have agreed to be covered with a fine mat and represent all of the people of Samoa in asking God to forgive the country's wrongs.

The ifoga, organized by the Catholic Church, will be the first of its kind in Samoa.

Fr. Spatz says people of all denominations are invited to take part.

It will begin with a procession from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Mulivai.

he representative of the Pope Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Balvo is expected the ifoga.