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New bishop in Bermuda

Written By  Sunday October 11, 2015 

Nuncio advises him to listen well

By Raymond Syms, Associate Editor

Bermuda’s new Catholic bishop has been reminded that his office was not one of power but of service.

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli lays hands on Bishop Wieslaw Spiewak. Looking on at left is Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau, Bahamas, and president of the Antilles Episcopal Conference. (Taken from YouTube video produced by Fr Toby Collins CR)

Preaching the homily at the episcopal ordination of Bishop Wieslaw “Wesley” Spiewak, Archbishop Nicola Girasoli, Apostolic Nuncio to the Antilles, urged him to develop a listening heart that allowed him to not just hear, but truly listen to his priests, religious and laity. This, Archbishop Girasoli stated, was vital if the Bishop was to exercise his ministry for the people entrusted to his care. Continue reading

Central America, Caribbean meeting reaffirms ABP as priority for Region

From Catholic Standard, Guyana, 27th September 2015


A Biblical Animation of All Pastoral Life (ABP) encounter of delegates from Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean has endorsed the high priority placed by the Bishops and Church in the Antilles for the Word of God to be central to all pastoral activity of the church in the Caribbean region. Continue reading

Pope simplifies marriage annulment process

From Catholic Standard, Guyana, September 11, 2015


Pope Francis has unveiled reforms intended to make it easier for Roman Catholics to get annulments and remarry within the Church.

The Church does not recognise divorce, teaching that marriage is forever.

In order to separate, Catholics must have their marriage annulled by showing it was flawed from the outset.

The radical reforms allow access to procedures free of charge and fast-track decisions, as well as removing automatic appeals. Continue reading

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GOSPEL MEDITATION First Sunday of Advent (C)

Reflections for November are by Bishop Luis Secco, Bishop of Willemstad, Curacao

(Lk. 21:25-28.34-36)

Brothers and sisters, the first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year, but also a season of grace, a time of hope and joy preparing for the coming of Jesus, our Savior.

However, this Gospel of St. Luke, which we meditate on this Sunday, is presented in a special apocalyptic way with corresponding terrible events like the signs of the moon and stars…. men dying of fear…. the powers of heaven will be shaken (vv. 25-26). But finally all these happenings prepare the central event that is the coming of the Son of Man with power and great glory. Continue reading

Sunday 22 November 2015 Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Reflections for November are by Bishop Luis Secco, Bishop of Willemstad, Curacao

Gospel Meditation    John 18: 33b-37

The Gospel for the solemnity of Christ the King helps us to reflect and direct our attention on the dialogue between Jesus and Pilate; it is about two different and even opposing dimensions of kingship and regality. “Just as light has nothing in common with darkness… so the kingdom of God and a kingdom of sin cannot co-exist” (Origen). Continue reading


Reflctions for November are by Bishop Luis Secco, Bishop of Willemstad, Curacao

Mark 13: 24-32

We are approaching the end of the Liturgical Year and evangelist Mark offers us an impressive image of Jesus: the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

The Gospel of this Sunday presents us in an apocalyptic way, the end of the human history and on that moment the whole humanity is called to an encounter with our Master Jesus. It is a manifestation of the “Lordship” of Jesus that we are going to celebrate next Sunday (Solemnity of Christ the King). He has conquered evil and has definitely submitted the whole power of death by His Resurrection. Continue reading

Catholic Student Movement examines itself

Catholic Standard, Guyana 6th November 2015

The Catholic Students’ Movement (CSM) of the University of the West Indies, under-took a critical review of operations, struc-ture and functioning at its 25th Regional Meeting held September 25–27 at Mt St Benedict, Tunapuna.

It was attended by the CSM Presidents from the Cave Hill, Mona and St Augustine campuses of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Technology of Jamaica, the Vice-President of the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Valsayn campus, and the Co-Coordinator of the Catholic Students’ Organisation at St George’s University in Grenada. It was also attended by the Chaplains from UWI Mona and St Augustine campuses, UTT Valsayn, St George’s University and, for the first time, from the Community Colleges of Barbados and St Vincent. Continue reading