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Unite, forgive

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, January 19, 2013

OUTGOING Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Fiji and Rotuma, Petero Mataca has called for unity within the Catholic Church.

During the ordination of four deacons at Suva's Sacred Heart Cathedral yesterday morning, Archbishop Mataca reminded church members that they need to work hard in hand and unite not only with people in Fiji but abroad.

The deacons are Mr Petero Nimilote, Mr Oliva Navudivou, Mr Inia Tikolutu and Mr Tomasi Selesitino. Yesterday's celebration was also special as it was Archbishop Mataca's last official engagement within the church.

The 79-year-old prelate had tendered his resignation upon reaching the age of 75, in conformity with the church's Canon 401 of the Code of Canon Law.

In his sermon, he reminded members of the importance of working together and seeking forgiveness from each other.

He said people needed to live a Christ-like life in order to identify where God was in their life.

And the Sacred Heart Cathedral came to a standstill as members celebrated the milestone achievement within the Roman Catholic Church.

He said church members needed to make peace with their family, community and the rest of the world.

Archbishop Mataca said the message in the Bible was clear — people should believe in God for peace and prosperity.

Hundreds of people gathered at the special occasion which also saw Catholic priests from all over Fiji present at the ordination.