Catholic leader calls for peace

Archbiship Peter Loy Chong gestures while speaking to the Fiji Times in an interview at his office. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

PEACE and reconciliation are gifts from God and this is where we should start.

The head of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, said this when responding to the Nabua brawls involving young men from the Public Rental Board (PRB) flats at Mead Rd, Sukanaivalu Rd and Nabua Village.

He said the church had already addressed the faithful and the Nabua community on the issue and that Nabua Parish Priest, Fr Iosefo Tamati had been instructed to assist community leaders with the issue.

“The parish priest, Fr Iosefo Tamati, has already had a community mass in Nabua where he addressed the brawl,” he said.

“The St Agnes Parish pastoral council has also brought this issue to their meeting and I have instructed Fr Iosefo to work with community leaders to help solve the problem.

“As leader of the Catholic Church and Fiji Council of Churches, we will work with the police to help bring peace.

“Non-violent strategies are more successful than violent ones and we appeal to the people in Nabua to use non-violent strategies.

“Peace and reconciliation is a gift from God and this is where we should start.”

He said the Fiji Council of Churches would meet the police on Tuesday, April 20 to discuss how Faith Communities and the Fiji Police Force can collaborate.

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