|Cardinal Filoni on two-day visit to Trinidad|
Monday November 25, 2013
Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, will pay a courtesy call on President Anthony Carmona on Friday (Nov 29) at the start of his two-day visit to the Archdiocese of Port of Spain. He arrives that morning at the Piarco International Airport at 11.30 a.m. The Cardinal’s visit marks the first time since 1985, when Pope John Paul II visited this country, that a high-ranking Vatican official will make an official visit to Trinidad and Tobago. Later on Friday Cardinal Filoni will meet with the clergy and religious of the Archdiocese at 6 p.m.
During the Cardinal’s visit he will sit down for talks with the bishops of the Caribbean region, all of whom are expected to be in the country for this pastoral visit. These talks will take place on Saturday, from 8.30 a.m. at the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs at Mount St Benedict. A news conference follows the meeting at 3 p.m. at the Seminary.
The Cardinal will concelebrate Solemn Eucharist at the Pro-Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, San Fernando, with the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli, Archbishop Joseph Harris and other bishops, on Saturday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. All are invited to this celebration.
The Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples is a key department in the administration of the Holy See, the central governing body of the entire Catholic Church headed by the Pope. The particular task of the Congregation is “the transmission and dissemination of the faith throughout the whole world”. It has the “specific responsibility of coordinating and guiding all the Church’s diverse missionary efforts and initiatives”.
Cardinal Filoni leaves Trinidad and Tobago for Kingston, Jamaica, on Sunday at 8 a.m.