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Church of the Province of Melanesia
September 16, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] 
Archbishop of the Church of Melanesia the Most Rev. Sir Ellison Pogo has been awarded one of the Anglican Churches highest and distinguished awards; Cross of St Augustine.

Sir Pogo was among 12 other recipients within the Anglican Communion to receive the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury next month. The award marks the conspicuous service to the church and the wider community.

The Cross of St. Augustine was founded by Archbishop Michael Ramsey and was first awarded by him on 19 February 1965. The award takes the form of a circular medallion bearing a replica of the 8th Century Cross of Canterbury and on the reverse is an engraving of the chair of St. Augustine at Canterbury. The ribbon is of "Canterbury Blue" and it is worn around the neck by clergy and on the left breast by lay people.

The Cross of St. Augustine has historically been awarded to clergy and lay people of foreign churches who have contributed conspicuously to advancing friendly relations with the churches of the Anglican Communion.

More recently it has been given for outstanding service within the Church of England whether centrally or in the dioceses, or the Anglican Communion as a whole, and also to those who have contributed to advancing relations between the various Christian communions and churches.

It is believed Archbishop Sir Ellison Pogo is the first recipient of the award in the Church of the Province of Melanesia and the Pacific and Oceania region including Australia and New Zealand.
The presentation ceremony will be held at the Lambeth Palace on Friday 17th October 2008.

Archbishop Sir Ellison Pogo will be supported at the award presentation by Bishop Willie Pwaisiho, Canon Desmond Probets, Canon John Pinder and The Honourable Robert Smellie, QC.