The Catholic church in Samoa has launched its television station called Upu Mana or Divine Word.
The Director of the new TV station, Father Spa Silva, says it has been a dream of the church to set up a television station, to spread the word of God and the Catholic faith.
Talamua online says the church also operates a radio station.
The Upu Mana station is broadcasting from what used to be the Vaiala Beach TV transmission facilities and has limited coverage to some areas in Apia.
Father Spa says this is a small start but the church plans to expand coverage in the urban area and to villages on Upolu and Savaii.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Samoa also operates two television stations and there are free commercial tv stations in the country.