BEING assigned by Pope Benedict as the new Catholic Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya is a task that the Apostolic Nuncio to New Zealand and the Pacific, Archbishop Charles Balvo was willing to take up wholeheartedly after being appointed.
The Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo conducted his last mass as the Apostolic Nuncio to Fiji at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva yesterday.
Archbishop Balvo, who had served seven and a half years in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, was visiting countries in the Pacific that he served in as the Apostolic Nuncio before he took up his new post.
"I have been assigned by Pope Benedict to do the same role as his representative or the representative of his successor to Kenya, as well as being the representative to the two United Nation Mission that are in Nairobi in Kenya," Archbishop Balvo said.
"Now I am at the end of the seven or more years of service doing the same thing in New Zealand and many great Pacific countries so I am visiting some of them now before serving in Kenya," he said.
"I cannot really visit all the Pacific countries so this is my only chance to bid them farewell, especially here in Fiji."
He said he had a visit on Wednesday by the President and that the rest of his time was spent with the Archbishop and the priest and staying at the seminary with the people of the church.
"I hope that God will bless the people with their future and for God to bring peace and more prosperity upon them as they are now in a moment of transition in their lives and the life of the country," Archbishop Balvo said.
"I hope that the Lord will also bless Fiji's new archbishop as he takes up the new post and Archbishop Petero Mataca has been here for so long. Father Chong now has big footsteps to fill and I wish him all the best.
"I ask the people of Fiji to support the new archbishop and to remain strong in their faith."
Archbishop elect Father Doctor Peter Chong thanked the Apostolic Nuncio for his tremendous service in the Pacific.
The Apostolic Nuncio leaves the country today.