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Bishop's remains back in NZ


A bishop buried in France more than century ago is back in the country that became his second home.

The remains of Jean-Baptiste Pompallier were brought back to Auckland on Sunday.

Bishop Pompallier spent 30 years of his life founding the Catholic Church here in New Zealand, but died in France in 1871.

Catholic leaders and Maori flew to Paris earlier this week to bring his remains back. It has been a five year mission.

The Bishop's remains will travel the length of the country in a specially carved casket, as part of a hikoi before finally being re-buried in Hokianga.

SOURCE
ONE News


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