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Statement on Middle East violence PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday August 13

Brothers and Sisters,

All of us have been anguished by the events unfolding in the Middle East and other war-torn regions of the world over the past few weeks. Pope Francis has sent Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who visited us last year, as his special envoy to the people of Iraq. I have sent in the name of the Archdiocese a letter to His Eminence expressing our solidarity with him on this important mission on behalf of the Holy Father. The Archdiocese will also send a small contribution to the humanitarian work which the Cardinal will organise in the name of the Church.




Seven Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny recently celebrated milestone anniversaries. Sisters Magdalen Fields, Paul D’Ornellas, Augustine Quarless and Ireland-born Angela Moran celebrated 60 years of religious profession, while Sisters Jacinta Wallace, Maria Clarke and Vanessa Manzano celebrated their silver jubilee. I extend heartfelt thanks to them for their loving service, and may God continue to bless them.
The Corpus Christi Carmelites, meanwhile, are currently holding their XVI General Chapter in Kearney, Nebraska. Sr Petronilla Joseph has asked that we keep them in prayer as they prepare to elect a Prioress General and Council on August 22. May the Holy Spirit guide them as they make decisions regarding the future of the Congregation.
The Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) have set August 24 as a Day of Prayer for peace in the world, particularly in the Gaza, Iraq and Syria where armed conflict has claimed many lives. In Gaza, the BBC reported that 414 children had been killed as at August 6. In Iraq, an estimated 700,000 Yazidis and tens of thousands of Christians, among them children and the elderly, have been forced by IS militants from their homes and are now refugees desperately in need of aid, some in Syria. I have written to Cardinal Fernando Filoni expressing solidarity with his mission to Northern Iraq as the personal envoy of Pope Francis to express the Holy Father’s spiritual closeness to the people who suffer. The Archdiocese of Port of Spain will provide some support to the relief efforts, and will join with other AEC dioceses next Sunday in praying for peace. I invite you all to support the call to prayer and the appeal for aid.

Auxiliary Bishop of Port of Spain

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 August 2014 17:28
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By Vernon Khelawan

Now that Archbishop Joseph Harris has received the plans for the implementation of the Third Pastoral Priority – Regenerating the Moral and Spiritual Values of Our Society, there is hope that these plans will soon get going across the Archdiocese.

APPOINTMENT - Aug 10 PDF Print E-mail

Fr Gerard Tang Choon O Carm has been appointed Episcopal Vicar – Suburban Vicariate, effective immediately.

Regenerating the moral and spiritual values of our society PDF Print E-mail

Cover of bookletIn 2009 we had the third sitting of the Archdiocesan Synod. There we came up with three priorities - the New Evangelization followed by the second, Revitalizing Catholic Identity and Culture. Now we are working on the third priority: Regenerating the Moral and Spiritual Values of our Society. These priorities are related. If our church is truly to become a source of love and life in our society, it has to focus on all three priorities.

These are the Guidelines for the Parish Pastoral Plan - download pdf 96k >>

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