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On 29th April 2016 the Holy Father Pope Francis appointed:

H.E. Mgr Kenneth Richards, Archbishop of Kingston – previously Bishop of St. John’s Basseterre (Antigua)

H.E. Mgr. Neil Tiedemann, Titular Bishop of Cova and Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn (New York-USA) previously Bishop of Mandeville, Jamaica

His Grace Mgr. Charles Dufour, Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Mandeville.

Details of the date of installation for Archbishop Richards to be provided in due course.



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“The unity of the Bishops in the AEC embodies the hope and promises of the Region,” said Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nichola Girasoli in his opening address to Bishops attending the 60th Annual Plenary Meeting at St John Vianney Seminary, Mount St. Benedict, April 10-15.

The Nuncio identified four areas which Pope Francis wanted the bishops to focus on:

  • Ministry on the essentials of evangelisation;

(2) Transparency as a requirement for credible ministry;

(3) Avoiding the trap of paralysis in response to the questions of the day; and

(4) Unity of purpose in mission that sustains communion. Continue reading

Suriname has a new Bishop

By: Paul Tjon Kiem Sang


More than 1,800 Catholic faithful of Suriname attended the solemn consecration of their new Bishop, Most Rev. Karel Choennie, as the fourth Bishop of Paramaribo, on Sunday January 24

After Rev. Esteban Kross had read and displayed the Pope’s appointment letter to all present, the ordination liturgy commenced. Karel’s predecessor, Rev. Wilhelmus de Bekker, was the principal consecrator, and the co-consecrators were Paramaribo’s metropolitan Archbishop Most Rev. Joseph Harris, and the president of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, Most Rev. Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau. Apart from these two prelates, the Archbishop of Castries, Most Rev. Robert Rivas, the Apostolic Nuncio, Most Rev. Nicola Girasoli, and our Caribbean Cardinal, His Eminence Kelvin Felix, were also present. Continue reading

Pope appoints SVG bishop

Pope appoints SVG bishop

Catholic News, Trinidad, Sunday December 27, 2015 

Fr Gerard County at the Cathedral rededication Mass on December 5. Photo Gerard Paul Wanliss

Another Trinidad-born priest will lead a diocese in the Antilles Episcopal Conference.

On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had appointed Fr Gerard Maximin County CSSp, Bishop of the Diocese of Kingstown in St Vincent. Continue reading

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Welcome Cardinal Hummes

From Catholic News – Guyana- 15th April 2016

We sincerely welcome Cardinal Claudio Hummes from Brazil to Guyana and we are sure our readers will join with us in praying for him, his delegation and the Church in Latin America.

Cardinal Claudio Hummes is a former archbishop of Sao Paulo and is currently the president of the Commission for Amazonia of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil.

Named to the College of Cardinals in 2001 by Pope John Paul II, he has earned the respect and admiration of the Church in Brazil for the way he has stuck to his task of safeguarding the dignity of the human person by protecting the family and promoting employment which has been a constant theme of his pastoral work there. Continue reading

Highest-ranking Vatican official to ever visit Guyana due April 20


The highest-ranking Vatican official ever to visit Guyana will arrive here on April 20th for a three day visit. Cardinal Claudio Hummes from Brazil is a former archbishop of Sao Paulo and is currently the president of the Commission for Ama-onia of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil.

Cardinals are the most senior clergymen in the Catholic Church below the Pope in the hierarchy. They are Bish-ops of important ‘sees’ (dioceses) and come from around the world reflecting the Catholic Church’s diversity. Some Cardinals may head departments of the Vatican. The title of Cardinal is given by the Pope as a personal decision.

The main purpose of the Cardinal’s visit to Guyana is to present the vision of REPAM, which is the Amazonian Church Network formed in 2014. This also includes discussing the relevance of Pope Francis’ recent encycli-cal Laudato Si (Praise Be To You) to conserving the Amazon and helping the poor in the area. Continue reading

This Church ‘is we own’…Bishop Francis at 60thAnniversary Mass of Diocese of Georgetown

Preaching at a special Mass last Monday February 29th to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diocese of Georgetown, Bishop Francis Alleyne said as Guyanese look to the next 60 years and beyond they should speak of and relate to the church here in spirit of the famous Dave Martin song “Is we own.”

He felt that the church can give to the rest of society a sure sign and sense of identity, of who we are. History has brought us to a certain place, he said, we are very proud of that and we can stand on that foundation for the way forward. More and more, every person must become involved in every aspect of church taking the owner-ship resoundingly in the words of the song, “This is who we are, this is ours”. Continue reading

Pope Francis challenges Bishops and Mexican Society

Catholic Standard, 26 February 2016

By Mike James


Here are some highlights of Pope Francis’ recent Visit to Mexico:


  1. Transparency. I ask you, therefore, to be bishops who have a pure vision, a transparent soul, and a joyful face. Do not fear transparency. The Church does not need darkness to carry out her work.
  2. Materialism. Be vigilant so that your vision will not be darkened by the gloomy mist of worldliness; do not allow yourselves to be corrupted by trivial materialism or by the seductive illusion of underhanded agreements; do not place your faith in the “chariots and horses” of today’s Pharaohs, for our strength is in “the pillar of fire” which divides the sea in two, without much fanfare (cf. Ex14:24-25).
  3. The Drug trade. I urge you not to underestimate the moral and anti-social challenge which the drug trade represents for Mexican society as a whole, as well as for the Church. The magnitude of this phenomenon, the complexity of its causes, its immensity and its scope which devours, and the gravity of the violence which divides with its distorted expressions, do not allow us as Pastors of the Church to hide behind bland denunciations. Rather they demand of us a prophetic courage as well as a reliable and effective pastoral plan, so that we can gradually help build that fragile net-work of human relationships with-out which all of us would be defeated from the outset in the face of such an insidious threat.
  4. Where to start. Only by starting with families, by drawing close and embracing the fringes of human existence in the ravaged areas of our cities and by seeking the involvement of parish communities, schools, community institutions, political communities and institutions responsible for security, will people finally escape the raging waters that drown so many, either victims of the drug trade or those who stand before God with their hands drenched in blood, though with pockets filled with sordid money and their consciences deadened.
  5. Complacency. How unfortunate you are if you sit on your laurels! It is important not to squander the in-heritance you have received by protecting it through constant work. You stand on the shoulders of giants: bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful “unto the end”, who have offered their lives so that the Church can fulfil her own mission. From those heights you are called to turn your gaze to the Lord’s vine-yard to plan the sowing and wait for the harvest.
  6. The Church of the poor. She should not fail to see herself as a “small home” in which her children can feel comfortable. We remain in God’s presence only when we are little ones, orphans and beggars
  7. No princes. We do not need bishops who are “princes”, but rather a com-munity of the Lord’s witnesses. Christ is the only light.
  8. Our Lady of Guadalupe. The gaze of tenderness. Above all, la Virgen Morenita (the brown-skinned Virgen) teaches us that the only power capable of conquering the hearts of men and women is the tenderness of God. That which de-lights and attracts, that which humbles and overcomes, that which opens and unleashes, is not the power of instruments or the force of law, but rather the omnipotent weakness of divine love, which is the irresistible force of its gentleness and the irrevocable pledge of its mercy.

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From Catholic News – Guayana – 19th February 2016

A flight of almost 12 hours capped months of intense negotiations and more than two decades of Vatican overtures to bring a pope and a Russian patriarch together for the first time.

Cuban President Raul Castro played host to the pope and patriarch, who was on a visit to Russian Orthodox communities on the island-nation. Pope Francis had a pastoral visit to Mexico planned for months; the stop in Havana was announced only a week before the meeting.

They met for the first time ever at the entrance to a room with dark wood panelling in Havana airport in Cuba. The meeting took place a long way from Europe and its divisions, on an island that is both a crossroads and a symbol. Continue reading