Bishop Pompallier

Bishop Pompallier

Jean Baptiste Francois Pompallier

Led by the charismatic Bishop Pompallier, the Catholic mission was backed by money and the Marist Order. It fuelled fears of French plans to annex New Zealand, but the French missionaries and mission stations remained heavily outnumbered by Protestants.

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Posted: 17 May 2012

He traveled to New Zealand on the 'Sancta Maria' ship which means Holy Mary.


Posted: 06 Jun 2011

bishop pompallier was born in lyon,france