Posts Tagged ‘Fiji’

Pacific churches call for condition-free relief funding Comments 0

Friday, April 8th, 2016

The Pacific Conference of Churches has asked governments and donors not to attach conditions to relief efforts in the region. The call came as Indonesia’s Co-ordinating Minister for Political Affairs, Law and Security visited Fiji. Luhut Binsar Padjaitan was reportedly delivering Fiji an assistance package worth up to US$5 million, plus a contingent of engineers, Read more

Fiji commissioner wants church gatherings only in daytime Comments 0

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Fiji’s police commissioner has called for religious gatherings to be held only in daytime as a community safety measure. Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said it is about time this happened. The commissioner also said parents should accompany their children to church services and other gatherings. He said police are working on strategies to ensure children Read more

NZ Marist Fathers launch donations drive for Fiji Comments 0

Friday, March 4th, 2016

The Marist Fathers in New Zealand are accepting donations to alleviate people’s suffering and aid the re-establishment of their lives in Fiji. New Zealand Marist Mission promoter, Fr Tim Duckworth, SM, confirmed the move on Tuesday evening. “The people of Fiji are resilient, but in many cases will have to start again from the foundations,” Fr Read more

Marist missions hard hit by Fiji cyclone Comments 0

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Several Marist missions in Fiji were severely affected by Cyclone Winston, according to a report by Fr Pio Fong Waqavotuwale, SM. At the Tutu Rural Training Centre in Taveuni, 22 buildings were either completely or partially destroyed. These were staff houses, dormitories, workshops, hall and kitchens. Tens of thousands of kava and dalo plants, many belonging Read more

In Fiji 3 different groups arrested for sedition Comments 0

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Reports from Fiji are confusing but it appears that up 60 people  have been charged  with sedition in three separate cases. Twelve people from Nadroga-Navosa were scheduled to appear in the Sigatoka Magistrates Court on Monday morning but were later informed that the case will be heard in Nadi. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Read more

Fiji Catholics commemorate victory over Tongan invaders Comments 0

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

More than 1000 Fiji Catholics have come together to commemorate one of the most famous battles in their nation’s history. They have gathered on Fiji’s fourth largest island, Taveuni, to remember the victory by Ratu Golea’s forces against invading Tongans in the 1860s. According to local history, before Ratu Golea went to battle against Ma’afu Read more

Thousands farewell Archbishop Mataca Comments 1

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

It has been estimated that more than 30,000 people came to Suva in the course of last week to pay their respects to the late Archbishop Petero Mataca. A large number of people attended the requiem mass on Friday. The Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva was packed out and the congregation spilled out onto the Read more

Domestic violence spikes in Fiji over Christmas Comments 0

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Domestic violence has spiked over Christmas – New Year in Fiji. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre says it has received reports of 120 cases of violence against women in the past eight days. The news comes less than a month after the Fiji Women’s Crisis centre released the results of a survey that showed 64 per Read more

Secular Fiji gives churches voice Comments 0

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

2013 was the year when the Fiji Constitution demands Fiji become a secular State. It was also the year when the churches spoke out the loudest. The Catholic Church took a prominent position when Peter Chong became the new Archbishop and refocussed the Church. Stressing the church could not only be a private affair but Read more

Kevin Barr praises Fiji’s 2014 Budget Comments 0

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Father Kevin Barr says Fiji’s 2014 budget is the first “people-centred” and “pro-poor” budget for many years. Speaking as a panellist on the topic “Implementation of Socio-Economic Rights’” at the Attorney-General’s 15th annual conference, he congratulated government on its initiatives and said the generous allocations for education would bring a radical change in parents’ ability Read more