FSMIS (June 21, 2013): The FSM Office of the President has confirmed to the Diocese of the Caroline Island's office in Chuuk that President Manny Mori will attend the opening day of the week long meeting of the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific (CEPAC) -- a group of bishops and prelates of the Catholic Church in some islands of the Pacific.
The meeting will begin on July 8 in Chuuk, with most participants arriving on the 7th.
Bishop Amando Samo of the Diocese of the Caroline Islands, which includes the Catholic Churches in the FSM and Palau, extended an invitation to the President on June 7 when the two had a meeting opportunity in Chuuk, asking for the President's presence at the "welcoming" of the prelates during the opening of their conference.
The President's priority agenda for the earlier part of July is to attend the Micronesian Presidents' Summit in Palau on July 10th to 12th. However, he has decided to make room for the invitation, requiring adjustments to previously set time frames.
According to staff members of the Chuuk-based Diocese of the Caroline Islands Chancery, over ten (10) bishops and prelates have confirmed attendance of the meeting.
The Archdiocese of Agana (Guam), the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa (Mariana Islands) and the Prefecture of the Marshall Islands are also CEPAC entities.
The eighteen memberships in the conference include the Papal Nuncio (Diplomatic Representative of the Holy See) to Oceania whose office is based in New Zealand.