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The founding of the Roman Catholic Church in Oceania, 1825 to 1850
by Ralph M. Wiltgen

Hardback, 1979, 610pages, tear/wear in jacket, contentsss in very good condition

This is the first detailed and documentary history of the seminal period of Roman Catholic missionary activity in Oceania. Before 1825 there had been sporadic missionary efforts but from the founding of the Prefectue Apostolic of the Sandwich Island in 1825 there was continued development in Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

This lively and dramatic narrative is told largely through the word of the participants in the events, from diaries, documents and letters, and range from the politics of the Vatican to sufferings on outpost islands. The focus of attention shift from Rome to Paris, Valparaiso, Sydney, Honiara, Auckland and many other places, in a study of men and institutions, faith and emotion, rivalries and confusions, murder and annexation, God and mammon.

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