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AEC VOCATIONS WEEK 2015 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 TO SATURDAY, JANUARY 17

CHOSEN, CALLED, BLESSED AND SENT – EMBRACING THE FUTURE WITH HOPE

The AEC Vocations Week 2015 will begin on Sunday, January 11, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Bishops of the AEC initiated this week four years ago to ensure that in all our Arch/Dioceses of the AEC a culture of vocations will be fostered and to offer support to the Directors or Promoters of Vocations in all our Arch/Dioceses, including Religious Institutes, encouraging among them greater solidarity with each other in the vital ministry of vocations promotion. The Week was also meant to encourage prayer for vocations and ensure that clergy, religious and faithful would all be aware of their responsibility in promoting vocations. The promotion of vocations is the responsibility of all in the Church, not just a few dedicated to the cause. Continue reading

New horizons of hope brighten the lives of the Cuban people

“New horizons of hope brighten the lives of the Cuban people”, says the Bishops’ Conference

Havana (Agenzia Fides) – “We thank the Lord because new horizons of hope brighten the lives of the Cuban people, because good relations without tensions between peoples, who are so close, are the foundation of a promising future”. This is what the Bishops’ Conference of Cuba (COCC) says in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides and is signed by the General Secretariat of the COCC, written after the announcement of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. Continue reading

HISTORIC DECISION BY THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA TO ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE ANTILLES EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE REGARDING THE HISTORIC DECISION BY THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA TO ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

“The Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision taken by the Governments of the United States of America and Cuba to establish diplomatic relations, with the aim of overcoming, in the interest of the citizens of both countries, the difficulties which have marked their recent history.” Continue reading

Pontifical recognition of the Lay Religious Institute of the Missionaries of the Poor, founded in 1981 by Fr. Richard Ho Lung.

The Papal Nuncio in a Press Release on 12th December 2014 informs all the Ordinaries of the Antilles that the Holy Father gave his approval to the “Missionaries of the Poor” (M.O.P) founded by Fr. Richard Ho Lung, as a Lay Religious Institute of Pontifical Right.
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2nd SUNDAY OF Lent, 2015-Reflections on the Sunday Readings

Meditations for March are by Bishop Robert Llanos, Auxiliary Bishop of Port of Spain   Bio -Robert Llanos

llanosGen. 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18       Rom. 8:31-34             Mk. 9:2-10

My dear friends Lent could be considered a microcosm of our whole lives fitted into six weeks where we gain the opportunity to reconsider the meaning of our lives and the direction it is taking. It is as if we get the Lenten journey right we will get our life’s journey right. With this in mind we reflect on the readings of the 2nd Sunday of Lent focusing mainly on the Gospel of the Transfiguration according to Mark 9: 2-10. Continue reading

MEDITATION FOR SUNDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2015

Meditations for February are by Bishop Jason Gordon, Bishop of Bridgetown and Kingstown

gordonGospel – Mark 1:12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him.

After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’ Continue reading

MEDITATION FOR SUNDAY 15TH FEBRUARY, 2015

gordonMeditations for February are by Bishop Jason Gordon, Bishop of Bridgetown and Kingstown

Gospel – Mark 1:40-45

  1. A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: ‘If you want to’ he said ‘you can cure me.’ 41. Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to!’ he said. ‘Be cured!’ 42.And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured. 43. Jesus immediately sent him away and sternly ordered him, 44. ‘Mind you say nothing to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest, and make the offering for your healing prescribed by Moses as evidence of your recovery.’ 45.The man went away, but then started talking about it freely and telling the story everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer go openly into any town, but had to stay outside in places where nobody lived. Even so, people from all around would come to him.

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International Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking to be held on Sun. February 8th

Vatican City, 3 February 2015 (VIS)

– A press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. The Day will be held on 8th February, the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, and will be entitled: “A light against human trafficking”. The Day is promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace” and the International Union of Superiors General (UISG).

Josephine BakhitaSaint Josephine Bakhita

Patron Saint of all who suffer from Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking

Born in Olgossa in the Darfur region of southern Sudan in 1869, our saint recalled having a loving family and happy childhood. Continue reading

A Holy Year -2015 the “Year of Consecrated Life”.

Catholic Standard – Guyana – 5th February 2015

Editorial

When the Catholic Church calls a “Holy Year” it does so in order to focus the attention of its members in particular and the whole world in general on an important aspect of Christian faith and life that needs to be more deeply understood, valued and lived.

Last November Pope Francis announced that for the first time in the history of the Catholic Church this year 2015 would be the “Year of Consecrated Life”. All Priests, Brothers and Religious Sisters, that is, those who follow Jesus Christ by taking vows of poverty, chastity and obedience are also referred to as those who live the “Consecrated Life”. Continue reading