6 Dec 2005

Fij council of churches queries preacher's visit

9:19 am on 6 December 2005

The Fiji Council of Churches is calling on the government to investigate the real purpose of the visit by the controversial South Korean preacher, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon.

The Daily Post quotes the secretary general of the Council, Bishop Apimeleki Qilio, as saying people have a right to know the motives why church groups visit the country and the Immigration Department should play an active role in investigating them.

Bishop Qilio says people need to know whether such visits are for religious purposes or have another agenda.

He says Fiji's people need to protect their rights and beliefs.

The Post says the Rev Moon, who arrives in Fiji today, is on a global tour to promote a new international body for the resolution of conflict known as the International Peace Federation.

The Rev Moon is better known as the founder of the Unification Church and for performing mass marriages of thousands of adherents