Catholic parishes to celebrate special mass for Diwali

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong speaking to guests at the Sacred Heart Cathedral. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

SOME Catholic Parishes around the country will be celebrating a special Diwali mass to pay respects to the festival celebrated by Hindus globally.

In his Diwali message issued today, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong said the Catholic Church believes and teaches that there is one Рthe same God that is present in Christianity and in other religions which is the foundation of inter-religious dialogue.

“The festival Deepawali symbolises the victory of good over evil. It is with each Deepawali and the lights that illuminate our homes and hearts that this simple truth finds new reason and hope,” he said.

“The Deepawali lights and firecrackers remind us of our commitment to truth and goodness. The Christian Festival of Easter also celebrates the victory of Christ over darkness of sin and death.”

Archbishop said a special Diwali mass will be held at Suva’s Sacred Heart Cathedral including other Catholic Parishes.

“In the history of human kind God has revealed divine truths through religious traditions. Divine truths form the basis of a good and just society. Therefore religion and faith have a public value.

“In other words, religion and faith have a public character and as such, must be valued for their contribution to society. Religion cannot be removed to the private sphere of society.

“Fiji is blessed with a diversity of religious traditions. May our religious diversities be a source of strength, unity and richness.”