Archbishop Loy Chong visits village with healing water

In August The Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong visited the village of Natadradave. While there he bathed his knee, which had been operated recently, the water.

In Fiji hundreds of people have been flocking to the village in Dawasamu, Tailevu to be bathed under water that is said to contain miraculous healing qualities.

Visitors have claimed the water has cured skin and eye infections.

“A village elder known only as Laulaba told me they first discovered water’s healing power around February 2016 when a young boy with hernia was healed by bathing in water.” said the Archbishop.

“How do we explain the Natadradave healing water? Is it miraculous?” he asked.

“From a church and theological perspective the question may be framed as: What is God saying and doing through the Natadradave healing water? How can we co-operate with God’s plan?”

Loy Chong used his visit to village as an opportunity provide a theological reflection on the Natadradave healing water in the Fiji Times.

He went on to broaden the reflection and to talk about how water features in the bible and to explain the church’s teaching about water.

“The Natadradave healing water emerged in a critical era of Fijian history. We have just experienced the destructive forces of category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. Winston showed clearly the impacts of climate change.”

“The Catholic Church in Fiji has now been awakened to the need to address disaster management and environmental issues.”

“Pope Francis in Laudato Si challenges all peoples to hear both the cries of the poor and the earth. He says we must address both social and ecological justice. Climate change has now become an international concern.”

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