9 Aug 2005

New bishop of Wallis vows to bring feuding royal clans together

1:28 pm on 9 August 2005

The newly-ordained Catholic bishop of Wallis and Futuna has promised to gather together feuding royal clans in a bid to resolve tension which has led to clashes.

Thousands of Wallisians attended the ordainment of Monsignor Ghislain de Rasilly on Sunday.

He was nominated by Pope Benedict at the end of June.

Monsignor de Rasilly has spent more than 30 years in the Pacific Islands, serving mostly in New Caledonia.

He says his mission is to gather together the divided camps of Wallis and Futuna, a direct reference to three months of tension between the royal clans of Wallis and Futuna.