THE Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma and the Pacific Conference of Churches have expressed sympathies to their Catholic brothers and sisters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Suva following the passing of late Archbishop Emeritus Petero Mataca.
In a condolence letter, Archbishop Peter Chong and acting general secretary Rev Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa said the church was thankful for the life and work of the former Archbishop.
"The late Archbishop Emeritus was a humble servant of God and led his community of faith with wisdom.
"He was committed to the ecumenical movement and understood that the journey of searching for visible unity of the Body of Christ was a long road that required a patient and loving heart," Dr Vakadewavosa said.
"In the times when the church in Fiji was able to speak with one voice, he was with us. In the times when we could not find our common voice, he held his hand out in friendship and reconciliation. "
Pacific Conference of Churches general secretary Reverend Francois Pihaatae said Mataca lived a life dedicated to service of God and the church.