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 Anglican Church: Archbishop’s Death NOT Caused By Vaccine

The diocese says the Facebook rumours that claim Archbishop Cama died from COVID-19 vaccination, now the subject of a complaint to the Online Safety Commission of Fiji.
22 Jul 2021 13:41
 Anglican Church: Archbishop’s Death NOT Caused By Vaccine
The late Archbishop Fereimi Cama.

The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia has strongly dismissed rumours and statements that have circulated online, claiming that the death of the late Archbishop Fereimi Cama, resulted from him receiving his COVID-19 vaccination.

Diocesan Secretary and Registrar Rever­end Sepiuta Hala’api’api, while speaking on behalf of the diocese, said the state­ments that he died from the vaccine, were incorrect.

“It was brought to our attention that false malicious statements have been posted and reported recently, stating that Archbishop Fereimi Cama had died be­cause of the COVID-19 vaccine. On behalf of the Diocese, I hereby state that these assertions are entirely false,” Reverend Sepiuta said.

“The Facebook posts are now the subject of a complaint to the Online Safety Com­mission of Fiji.”

Reverend Sepiuta added that the Dioc­esan Office requests that those spreading these false and malicious ru­mours respect the memory of the late Archbishop and desist their rumours immediately.

Pacific Conference of Churches reacts

In a statement yesterday, the Pacific Conference of Church­es expressed their disappoint­ment at the act by those that have been spreading false in­formation about the death of the late Archbishop.

“The Pacific Conference of Churches hopes the Online Safety Commission of Fiji and other relevant authorities take this complaint from the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia seriously,” the statement said.

“These insensitive comments have in­flicted emotional violence on the late Archbishop’s family and the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

“They have also added to the disinforma­tion being spread to Fijians regarding vac­cination. This is not the way of Christ.

“Our prayers continue to be with the Late Archbishop Cama’s family, and the Diocese of Polynesia.”

Comments were sought from Online Safety Commission of Fiji and a repre­sentative said the commission was inves­tigating the complaint.

Archbishop Cama was ordained as the 7th Bishop (and third archbishop) of Poly­nesia in 2019 becoming the first iTaukei to shepherd the diocese and to serve as pri­mate of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia until his pass­ing on Friday July 2, 2021. He was 66-years-old.

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