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Police warn public

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, July 11, 2014

THE Fiji Police Force has urged the public to show their respect during the final funeral rites of Archbishop Emeritus Petero Mataca.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said this would be the last time for members of the Catholic Church to bid their farewell to the former church leader and it was important that members of the public also showed their respect.

"We urge the public to respect the body of the late archbishop as it lies in church until the final mass at 10am," Insp Sokomuri said.

"This is a very important event for the Catholic church and it is important that we, the members of the public, respect it as well.

"Pratt St and Murray St will be closed to all traffic from 8am until the funeral of the late archbishop Mataca has been completed."

Yesterday, the route from Amy St, Holland St, Selbourne St and Pratt St was closed for an hour, from 2pm to 3pm, to all traffic.

This was to allow the body of Archbishop Mataca to be escorted from the Suva Private Hospital right to the Sacred Heart Cathedral.

People lined the sidewalks as the procession of hundreds of Catholics singing hymns escorted the coffin and marched to the Cathedral, where a large television screen was put up for those who waited there.


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