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PTo get out of the New Caledonian entice, these in energy could be flawed to neglect the position of mediators that ecclesial establishments might play. In 1988, Prime Minister Michel Rocard was sufficiently knowledgeable of the native context and had the political intelligence to play this card, amongst others.

There “mission of dialogue” then dispatched to the location, and whose work of assembly and listening to the events concerned within the battle had led to the Matignon agreements, included six members, together with three representatives of the good religious households: Canon Paul Guiberteau, Pastor Jacques Stewart and Roger Leray, grand grasp of the Grand Orient of France. What could be inconceivable in mainland France was essential on this Pacific territory.

This level is because of the particular historical past of the New Caledonian archipelago. Between 1853 (date of the taking possession of New Caledonia by France) and 1903, the indigenous inhabitants elevated from roughly 100,000 to 10,000: 90% of the Kanak disappeared in fifty years, on account of imported illnesses , of the repression of revolts and the despair of a defeated individuals who not had kids, as illustrated within the work of Christophe Sand, Oceanian bloodbath (At the Wind of the Islands, 376 pages, 33 euros), and that of Frédéric Angleviel, France on the antipodes (Vendémiaire, 2018).

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The demographic curve, in free fall, solely recovered by the motion of the missions [organisations ayant pour objectif d’évangéliser un territoire] Protestants and Catholics. Beyond a religious hope, Christian missions performed a decisive position in opposing land dispossession and the conquest of civil rights. In the Nineteen Twenties, the final pagan tribes died out, whereas births elevated in households changing to Christianity. Today, the Kanak inhabitants has returned to its 1853 degree: round 110,000 inhabitants, in keeping with the newest census from the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies, in 2019.


If we concentrate on the case of Protestantism in New Caledonia, it’s outstanding to notice that evangelization, as in the entire of the Pacific, was firstly the work of the natives themselves. From Tahiti, from east to west, from island to island, Oceanians have Christianized different Oceanians, by mobilizing customary networks, which linked the totally different archipelagos of the Ocean. This could clarify why the Gospel was by no means thought of an imported product, however was built-in, at the price of sure types of syncretism, into native cultures.

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