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Fiji needs unity, says Archbishop Chong

BY ANA SOVARAKI ‘As Fiji prepares for the 2014 general elections, the people should be united.’ The new Catholic Church leader in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, reminded all Fijians
16 Jun 2013 10:25

BY ANA SOVARAKI

‘As Fiji prepares for the 2014 general elections, the people should be united.’
The new Catholic Church leader in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, reminded all Fijians of what could be learned from his ordination on June 8 at the Vodafone Arena in Laucala Bay. And that was unity.
He said his ordination reached across the diverse ethnic and religious communities in Fiji.
“It created a sense of unity that Fiji needs – a multicultural and multi-religious unity,” Archbishop Chong said.
He said the ordination was prayerful and truly reflected God’s revelation
“For the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama-led Government’s way forward to democracy, unity for all will be a key component,” he said.
The new Archbishop has called upon all people of faith and goodwill to unite and work together for the sake of peace and justice.
Elaborating on the ordination, Archbishop Chong said: “The liturgy and especially the Ordination Rites touched the thousands of people that were present. As I went down through the congregation to give my blessing I could hear people sobbing with tears. The 300-member choir provided an environment for prayer.”
When asked about his new role and on what he will prioritise, he said: “Since the beginning of Christianity the church has been committed to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in new contexts.”
He said his primary task as Archbishop of Suva was to preach, teach, and interpret the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the church’s traditional relevance to Fiji’s situation. This he added, requires a critical reflection on Fiji’s situation and a creative and ever new expression of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“My goals reflect the key functions of a bishop – to teach and safeguard the Gospel and the church’s tradition, to sanctify the church, and church governance. I will strive towards these goals through a consultative process with the various church councils.”
He said Fiji had gone through trying times, however religion must be the beacon of hope.




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