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New bishop confident of continuing duty

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, December 22, 2012

THE historical context of Fiji and the church will depend on how members of the people will be churched.

These were the words of the newly appointed Archbishop of Suva, Father Doctor Peter Loy Chong yesterday while being traditionally welcomed at Nicholas House near Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva.

Father Chong said he was confident to continue the good work of his predecessor Archbishop Petero Mataca over the past 38 years. At Nicholas House yesterday, tears of joy were shared among the staff as Fr Chong presented his sevusevu to Archbishop Mataca.

The solemn occasion also saw the 79-year-old long serving Archbishop of Suva giving assurance to Fr Chong that he would assist him in his journey.

Fr Chong said the feeling of awe was overwhelming when he was informed by the Pope's representative in the US.

"For one moment I was lost with words, I could not describe my feelings," Fr Chong said.

"However, I asked for a period of one week to pray about it to affirm this was God's calling on me."

Fr Chong said the understanding of the church's missions was something constant from the time of Jesus.

"It is how historical situation context influenced how to be churched.

"I see myself continuing the trend and that the church is relevant to the historical situation here in Fiji," he said.


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