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Messages From All Faiths

While Christians would remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Sikhs concluded Baisakhi also known as Vaisakhi yesterday. Hindus began preparing for Hanuman Jayanti and Muslims were on their month-long fasting before they celebrate Eid.
15 Apr 2022 12:45
Messages From All Faiths
Minister of Education Premila Kumar (second from right) during Baisakhi festival at Samabula Sikh temple on April 14, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

This month is significant for all faiths in Fiji this year.

While Christians would remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Sikhs concluded Baisakhi also known as Vaisakhi yesterday. Hindus began preparing for Hanuman Jayanti and Muslims were on their month-long fasting before they celebrate Eid.

 

Christian

The head of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong said: “Our Fijian society experiences brokenness and division.”

He said Pope Francis reminded him that good politics was at the service of peace.

“Peace, the Pope insists, is based on respect for each person, respect for the law and the common good, on respect for the environment as well as the moral tradition inherited from past generations,” the archbishop said.

“The Catholic social teachings tell us that good economics places human persons at the center and not the company’s profit.

“Peace is God’s breath and life; may the Holy Week and Easter fill us with the breath of God’s peace.”

 

Sikh

“Fijians are fortunate to observe each other’s culture, custom, and tradition with a lot of enthusiasm, excitement, and respect.”

This statement was made by the Minister for Education Premila Kumar during the Baisakhi celebration at the Samabula Sikh Temple in Suva yesterday.

She said Fijians were blessed to live in a country where people from different cultural and religious backgrounds lived side by side and were free to practice their own faith the way they wanted.

“Fiji is a nation of unity in diversity. Our diversity is our strength, and we must always remember this.

“Religious freedom is extremely important if we want to live in harmony.”

Head Priest of Samabula Sikh Temple, Sandeep Singh said brotherhood, loyalty, and fraternity were the trades to make this world a better place to live in.

 

Hindu

Laxmi Narayan Temple head priest Jayendra Shastri said: “It is a very auspicious occasion for the faiths in Fiji and let us all, according to our religions pray to God and progress in life.”

He urged youths to dedicate their lives to God.

 

Islam

The Fiji Muslim League president, Hafiz Khan, encouraged Fijians to celebrate their religious festivals by including all Fijians in their prayers.

“We pray for peace, and we hope that they all are doing the same and that we can all live together in peace and harmony,” he said.

“May they have a safe and joyous celebration.”

 



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