Posts Tagged ‘Fiji’

Fiji’s Archbishop offers an apology for abuse Comments 0

Thursday, July 16th, 2020
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The head of the Fiji Catholic Church has made an apology for the behaviour of  Catholic priests, religious and teachers who allegedly abused Fijian children. Archbishop Peter Loy Chong was responding to a news report on TVNZ by pacific correspondent, Barbara Dreaver. For the last year, 1 NEWS has been investigating claims of historic sexual Read more

‘Our diet is killing us quietly’: Fiji’s diabetes crisis Comments 0

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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At the height of his 15-year career as a surgeon in the Pacific nation of Fiji, Dr Jone Hawea was performing eight to 10 diabetes-related operations every day – at least two of which were the amputations of limbs. “Our wards are always full of diabetes cases. Sometimes our surgical wards wouldn’t be able to Read more

Fiji archbishop calls for Oceania Synod Comments 0

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
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Fiji Archbishop, Peter Loy Chong is calling for an Oceania Synod, a “Synod on the ocean”. He made the call while in Rome for the Amazon synod. “The Amazon and its forests are important, but we must not forget how significant the ocean is in the web of life,” Chong told Caritas’ Harriet Paterson and Read more

Fiji archbishop advocates nonviolence to help stabilize social unrest Comments 0

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

In late September, thousands of schoolchildren stayed home from school in Suva, the capital city of Fiji, due to rumors of “public unrest” circulating on social media. According to FBC News, people who started fake news stories likely intended to hurt the country “economically and politically” by creating panic and shutting down work. Fiji’s religious Read more

Environmental degradation seriously concerns Fiji Comments 0

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Fiji’s Archbishop Peter Loy Chong says Fiji is facing several serious concerns caused by environmental degradation. According to a report by the World Bank published in 2000, on the potential effects of climate change on the Pacific region, Fiji faces numerous risks. These include: higher rates of disease as average temperatures rise increasingly destructive storms Read more

NZ women uplifting Pacific sisters with free bras Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Forget about burning them – bras donated by New Zealand women are giving their sisters in the Pacific a new sense of freedom. More than 1500 bras collected by women’s networks in two government departments have been donated to The Uplift Project, supporting women of the Pacific Islands who’ve never owned a bra. The room Read more

Church to take on government in Fiji court Comments 0

Monday, May 13th, 2019

In a first for Fiji, the government and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church will face off in court next week over the management of a school in the country’s north. The Education Ministry last month obtained a court order to prevent the church from taking over Vatuvonu College in Cakaudrove. The church’s general secretary, Joe Talemaitoga, Read more

Catholic Archbishop calls for Fijians to be servants of peace Comments 0

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Jesus’ message of peace should be used as a guide by politicians and ordinary people to avoid a repeat of Fiji’s past political violence, Catholic Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva has urged in his Easter message. Easter was not only about the body of Jesus coming back to life, but also about the peace Read more

Catholics should head Catholic schools Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Catholics should lead catholic schools, the head of the Catholic Church in Fiji says. Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva wrote to the education minister about consulting Catholic schools management regarding the appointment of principals to Catholic schools after the principals of two Catholic high schools were replaced by non-Catholics. Schools are run by various religions Read more

Bishop celebrates special Diwali mass in Fiji Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Fiji is one of the many countries around the globe that celebrated a special Diwali mass to pay respects to the Hindu festival of light. In his homily at the Diwali (also called Deepawali or Deepavali) mass, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva spoke of the one God. The Catholic Church believes and teaches the Read more