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Archbishop's relatives seek forgiveness

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, July 13, 2014

SETEFANO Vueti visited his uncle, the late Archbishop Emeritus Petero Mataca, a week before he died. And a handshake confirmed he was about to pass on.

Mr Vueti, the son of the late archbishop's elder brother, couldn't control his tears while sharing his last moment with his uncle at the hospital.

"As soon as I returned to Vuaki, Yasawa, I had this feeling that he was about to pass on because that handshake we had was also the same our fathers and uncles gave us when they were about to die," he shared.

"He will always be missed in our family because he taught us a lot and his teachings have helped members of our family to achieve the best in life."

Mr Vueti, father of former national 7s rep Jone Daunivucu, said they would continue from where Archbishop Mataca had left off and remain committed to the church.

Four other members of the family are Catholic priests and sisters.

Meanwhile, the late archbishop's family had presented a traditional apology on his behalf.

During a traditional farewell ceremony, the family sought the forgiveness of the church, government and the vanua for any offence that may have been caused by the late priest during his tenure as leader of the Catholic Church in Fiji.

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong said his predecessor did not show signs of pain during his illness when he battled cancer.

"I believe one of his unseen pains was his inability to communicate as his cheek and mouth were infected with cancer," Fr Chong said.

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