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MARTYRDOM OF FATHER CHANEL.

Father Chanel, who hai lately been oanohlsed by the Pope, v was the first martyr of the Romr.n Catholic Oburoh m Oceania . He was one of the prleata who accompanied Bishop Pompalller In his mission to the South Pacific; and was oatib* llshed by that pre'ate on the Island of Futnna, another mission being plaood on the ad j »cerit island of Wallis, under Father Bataillon . The following reference to the murder of Father Chanel is contained m Bishop Pompallter's "Early '.History cf the Oathollo Oharoh," which baa recently been published as a Jubilee memorial : — " After I had been aome dayi at Akaroa, two French oorvettes oame to the anchorage, the Heroine and the Alller. The former had been at the Biy of Islands, and tbe commander broogbt me a letter which informed ma that Father Ohanol, one of my provloars at Futuna, had been massaored by the order of the kin? of that island ; that In oonse* quenoe tbe mieslon established In ibat plaoe was going to ruin, and the mission at Wallia Island was also In the greatest peril. It was further reported that the death o r Father Chanel bad taken place In the month of April m the year 1841, On recaivlng tola news, X saw the Importanoa of hastening my pastoral visit to theie Islands and the Friendly Islauds. I communicated to Captain. Invaad all the diffi. odltlea of the position In nhloh I wat plaoed, and aaked him, m the name of the Minister of the Royal Navy, for the assistance of one of the three corvettes that were on the coast, 1 to visit theFriendly Islaods, and to withdraw my. misaion»rleß from Wallis' If the people* proved themselves unwnrcby of them* .Captain Livaud oompHed with all my demands with tbe greatest klndnesß. He placed the corvette the AUter la a manner at my disposal, giving the requisite in struotlons to Captain Bonnet, who commanded hen This corvette and my mission schooner, which she accompanied, quickly cet sail for the tropical islands. I hid Father Vlard with me. We left Akaroa with 'the Sanota Marla> and corvette the Alller towards the end of November. The first .stoppage we made wa? at the horboor of refuge m tbe island of Vavau. After a lew days bad elapiei oar two vessels set sail for tbe Island of WallU, I was received with distinction on board the AUier for this voyage. Before four daya we were at the anchor* age of Wallis. There I soon learned from,, Fatherß B&tatllori and • Chevron tbe difficult lea that DBnet their station, and the atrfferlags and persecution* they had endured. However, the graoe of the Lord had fertilised their labours, and afforded ground tor consolation. There were a great number of catechumens In the island. But one of the most influential chiefs In Wallis prevented the baptism of the natives oonverted to the faith, and he used every effort to drive the two Oatholfo miiiionariea from tbe Island, to the great displeasure of many of tbe natives. Tha appearance ' of tbe Oathollo Bishop, and the presenoe of the power of France Itt tbe corvette AUier , made a salutary lmpreailon on all tbe trlbei and all the ohiof* of this Island. I celebrated a solemn mas* on shore In a church made of reeds, at which the King of Wallia and many of tbe chiefs and people assisted, as did also Captain Boueet with fc'.a staff and part of his orew. However, after passing five or six days at Wallis I saw the difficulties of the mission were not overcome. The ohief who prevented the baptising of tha^joateohnmena continued obstinate. Father! Batalllon and Chevron asked me either to remain some months on this island or to take them away with me to some other people. Then I decided to remain with my missionaries. I gave Instructions to. Father Vlard to go and visit Fttkuna and sound the disposition of the people. He> w*b accompanied by a chief of that Island* who was a odteehumen at Wallis, and ablo to give the first Inatraotions In the faith to iofideia. I gave him all the spiritual powers neeesßairy for a ©atechUt. Lastly, I begged Captain Bouset to take his corvette to F'ntunA, and gather together the remains of Father Chanel, and to ahed no blood m aatlsfaotlon of the orlme that had been committed against his. person* Everything was done at I asked. The remains of Father Chanel were given by the commander to Father Viard 4 ,. the oateohist ohief, named Sam, was left on the Island, and at the end of three or four months he had converted th* whole la'and."

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MARTYRDOM OF FATHER CHANEL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2016, 18 December 1888

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MARTYRDOM OF FATHER CHANEL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2016, 18 December 1888

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