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Ecclesiastical Land Mysterium
In Malua this weekend, the C.C.C.C.C.S. (Congregational Christian Curch of Samoa ) intensively examined the acquisition of five hectares of land in Malololelei from the Catholic Curch. This topic annoyed some members of the congregation who participated in the yearly meeting of Malua. At Wednesday's General Assembly, members of the churches demanded a reimbursement of the $650,000 provided for the sale after finding that there could be no land in Malololelei.
The country was designated for retreat center development, according to the chairman of the elders' council, Reverend Elder Kerisiano Soti. But when they examined it, they found that the property was not suitable for the project, so they had asked the Catholic Church for another area. Attempting to get a Catholic Church statement was unsuccessful last night.
As the Catholic Land Department was approached, an officer refused that the authorized spokesman was not available. Returning to Malua, the General Assembly was informed that 650,000 dollars had been disbursed for the five hectares of land. "The Catholic Church has not assigned us any land in Malololelei to this day," said Father Elder Soti.
These angry members of the catholic churches. "I am profoundly disillusioned that the funds have already been transferred to the Catholic Church," said one member of the Assembly. He also said that the Catholic churches should repay the interest for the eight years since the land was used.
One of the other members of the congregation approved. He added that the churches no longer need a country, but the funds will be useful to fund other major development that remains incomplete.
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