31 Jan 2017

Samoa church parish makes traditional Ifoga to keep peace

1:31 pm on 31 January 2017

The Si'ufaga parish of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has decided to make peace over the removal of their reverend's pastoral roles by presenting a traditional apology, or ifoga.

The courthouse in Apia, Samoa.

Photo: RNZI / Sally Round

The apology was issued to the reverend elder of the district, Reverend Tauti'aga Senara, who is also the chairman of the church.

The elder who is serving in another parish of the same church at Matautu Falelatai, near Si'ufaga parish, is being accused of master minding the decision.

The two reverends are not allowed to talk to the media on advice of the church members and village matais.

But a reliable source said a meeting was held last Monday between leaders of the two parishes in which they reconciled and decided to end the controversy for people in both sides to live in peace and harmony.

The man facing criminal charges for the removal of the statue of Mary has been ordered not to reside in Si'ufaga village for his safety.

He has been asked by the police to live with other family members in a village near Apia.

The accused will appear in court next month.

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