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Australian church comments on Fiji as a Christian state

Australian church comments on Fiji as a Christian state

Updated 22 November 2012, 18:20 AEDT

Australia's Uniting Church says calls from the Fiji Methodist Church for Fiji to become an officially Christian state won't affect ties between them.

The new President of Fiji's Methodist Church, Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu said in an interview on Pacific Beat that although there are many non-Christian faiths in Fiji, and the church intends to have good relations with them, it must be recognised that Fiji was ceded to God by the chiefs, meaning it was and remains a Christian country.

Australia's Uniting Church, which is part of the worldwide Methodist movement, has been a strong supporter of the Fiji Methodist Church which has had severe restrictions placed on it by the coup installed military government.

Reverend Dr Kerry Enright, National Director of Uniting World, the Uniting Church's international section, tells Bruce Hill that the two churches are in dialogue with each other of many issues, and don't necessarily agree with each other on everything.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Reverend Dr Kerry Enright, National Director of Uniting World, the Australian Uniting Church's international section

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