The Catholic Church has appointed Father Peter Loy Chong as its next Archbishop of Fiji, replacing Petero Mataca.
A diplomatic note from the Papal Nuncio in Wellington was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Fiji on Wednesday, confirming the appointment.
Fr Loy Chong is from Korovou and has links to Tailevu.
He is a former lecturer at the Pacific Regional Seminary, and recently completed doctoral studies in the United States.
He is expected to be consecrated as Archbishop in early 2013.