Fiji Time: 6:51 AM on Saturday 22 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

I'm sorry

Nanise Loanakadavu
Friday, December 21, 2012

"THE long wait is finally over".

These were the words echoed by Archbishop Petero Mataca when the new Archbishop of Suva was announced by the Vatican early this week.

And Fiji's longest serving Archbishop of 38 years took the event of his retirement to seek forgiveness from his followers for the hurt he might have caused during his term.

"We have journeyed together in good times and in bad times and I will always remember you all in my prayers," retired Archbishop Mataca said.

"I wish to express my gratitude to all the people of Fiji, Rotuma, Rabi and Kioa for their prayers and support during my time of leadership," he said.

"I humbly ask for your forgiveness for the hurt I may have caused," retired Archbishop Mataca added.

He tendered his resignation after celebrating his 75th birthday in 2008 but he made a request to the Vatican to continue with his work until a replacement could be found.

Retired Archbishop Mataca, who had anticipated the announcement of his replacement, earlier said it would be the best moment of his life when the Vatican appoints a new Archbishop of Suva.

After his resignation in 2008 church members had asked him to step down from his position as they awaited his replacement. However, retired Archbishop Mataca reiterated that while he had resigned from his post in office, he would continue with his role within the Catholic church.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Budget
  2. Patel guilty of abuse
  3. Jail for rapist
  4. Miss World visits Fiji
  5. Payout for former civil servants
  6. All Blacks show support for Samoa
  7. Friend of the Pacific
  8. Movember soccer meet successful
  9. Delay in pre-Budget lock-up session
  10. Travel firm eyes Chinese market

Top Stories this Week

  1. Stabbed to death Tuesday (18 Nov)
  2. Tourist's death: Murder accused to appear in court Monday (17 Nov)
  3. Prime Minister Modi arrives in Fiji Wednesday (19 Nov)
  4. Lover's alibi Sunday (16 Nov)
  5. Kill victim cried for help Tuesday (18 Nov)
  6. The man behind the scene Monday (17 Nov)
  7. Bula Mr Modi Wednesday (19 Nov)
  8. Man found unconscious, dies in hospital Monday (17 Nov)
  9. Modi-fied Thursday (20 Nov)
  10. Modi announces visa on arrival for Fiji people Wednesday (19 Nov)