Nine volcanic islands make up the Independent State of Samoa. It was governed by New Zealand until independence in 1961. The traditional Samoan way, the Fa’a Samoa, remains a strong force in life and politics. Deeply conservative and devoutly Christian, Samoan society centers around the extended family which is headed by an elected chief. Many Samoan villages hold up to 20 minutes of prayer curfews in the evenings.

Joyful Mysteries: Intentions for Samoa

1. That God’s Word be listened to, contemplated, loved and lived.
2. That Christians may live in peace and unity.
3. That leaders of the nation may govern with wisdom and integrity.
4. That prayer customs may ground Samoans in truth.
5. That the poor and the sick may have access to health care.

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