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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (December 29, 1998 - Samoa News)---Bishop Quinn Weitzel recently returned to the Territory after attending a three week senate at the Vatican in Rome.

The senate was attended by Bishops from throughout the South Pacific.

During their meetings, the bishops came up with 38 resolutions which they presented to Pope John Paul II.

"It was an extraordinary experience. As you know we're one of the newest diocese anD rather small," said Bishop Quinn when asked about significant things that happened at the senate.

"The Holy Father thought it was important for me to join all of the bishops from Oceania, which means Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and SEAPAC, which includes American Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and about 17 different jurisdictions," he said.

"I really went to Rome with questions in my own mind on how we would spend all that time because I lived for one month in the Vatican itself."

"This was one of the greatest experiences in my life and there were two things that stand out. One would be the association of all these wonderful bishops from the different parts of the Pacific and the second, was his participation, because he has come to every meeting that we've had and I know that with all the other responsibilities and obligations that he has it is a very, very amazing thing."

Bishop Quinn continued to explain that the Holy Father is very interested in American Samoa.

"You might question how he can be when he has so many people to be interested in. He is interested in us and he knows about us. He knows about American Samoa," assured Quinn.

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