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Back to the Bible for Catholics

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

THE head of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, has a mission to accomplish and that is to emphasise the principles of God among his members.

He said the emphasis was to take his members back to the fundamental source of faith — which was the Word of God.

"This is about bringing back Catholics to the Word of God. His word is our closest source to him and his word becomes a fundamental source for us to deepen our faith," Archbishop Chong said.

"So this is bringing Catholics back to the fundamental of faith which is the Bible.

"We have over the years shifted away from the fundamental because of contributing factors from the time of Constantine, the first Catholic who ruled the Roman Empire."

Archbishop Chong said to make this happen, teams had been set up around the country which had been trained to emphasise the use of the Bible in Catholic parishes.

"As we know, we Catholics are not very good with the Bible and the current age is not to be blamed because over the years we have shifted away from this," he said.

"People in the church have shifted away to prayers such as devotions, novena, rosary and these are good but we need to keep the fundamental of faith which is the Word of God first above other things.

"So what we are doing is introducing programs that will allow Catholics to use the Word of God as a means of sharing to others around them during prayer meeting or just helping out in society."

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