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145th anniversary of martyrdom of Melanesian Bishop

145th anniversary of martyrdom of Melanesian Bishop

Posted: 20th September, 2016

Today is the anniversary of Bishop John Coleridge Patteson 1st Bishop of Melanesia martyred 145 yrs ago. Patteson from East Devon, was martyred on the island of Nukapu in the Solomon Islands. Today Patteson is still held in very high regard across Melanesia as a compassionate missionary, and his death helped to stamp out ‘blackbirding’ – the kidnapping of slaves in the Pacific. On Sunday 18 September Sister Veronica from the Community of the Sisters…

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