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Brave at heart

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

THE power of the cross has changed the people of Vunikura, Nawi, and the province of Cakaudrove, says Navaeceece landowner Petero Vakaoqotabua.

Speaking during the anniversary celebration of a war that converted the late Tui Cakau Ratu Golea and the people of Cakaudrove to Christianity, the 68-year-old said they witnessed changes in their lives after accepting Christianity.

Mr Vakaoqotabua said 150 years ago, the venue of the celebration at a secluded spot near Vunikura, was full of war canoes ready to wage war on Ma'afu on Taveuni.

"A hundred and fifty years later after we had converted to Christianity.

"There is a fleet of boats out here at sea today but they are here to worship God," he said.

"As part of the landowning unit that owns Navaeceece, we are proud to have our land chosen to be a monument for one of the life changing events in history.

"The power of the cross will continue to change the hearts of people here in Vunikura and around the world."

Mr Vakaoqotabua said the Catholic Church began in waters around the Navaeceece area after the late Tui Cakau Ratu Golea received a cross from Father Favre as sign of his victory against Ma'afu.





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