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Resist attempts to undermine Region’s Christian values

Catholic Standard, Guyana, 29th July 2015


A call has been made for Catholic youth and young adults to be of “one mind with the Church in interpreting the signs of the times” and resist any move to introduce “new definitions of marriage and family”.

The appeal came from Chair of the Caribbean Bishops Conference (AEC) Youth Commission, Bishop Kenneth Richards of St John’s-Basseterre, during his homily on Saturday July 18 at the closing Mass of the AEC Youth Assembly 2015 held at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua. Continue reading


  1. We, the Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, recognize the importance of a process of reflection with Catholics and all people of good will on matters that affect the common good. One such matter is climate change, regarded as ‘this century’s major challenge’ which has and will have serious effects in our region.[1]


  1. This Declaration is in anticipation of the Papal Encyclical on Ecology expected later this year. We want to encourage you to read and study the Holy Father’s document in groups looking for concrete actions to become better stewards of creation.[2]

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  1. We the Bishops of the Antilles join our voices with all people of good will calling for an end to domestic violence in our region. We have heard the cries and witness the pain of countless persons, particularly women and children, who have been afflicted by domestic violence. We stand in solidarity with you and want you to know that you are beloved children of God and must be free to live your God given dignity. In this year when we have been invited by the Holy Father to reflect on our experiences of the family and to revision our ministry and support for the family we wish to offer the following pastoral reflections.


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Workshop for Vocations Directors of the Antilles Episcopal Conference

from Catholic Standard, Guyana, 6th August, 2015

Fr Steve Ransome reports on a Workshop for Vocations Directors of the Antilles Episcopal Conference held recently in Antigua.

While the youth from the Caribbean Bishops’ Conference (AEC) were packing suitcases and boarding flights to return to their respective territories and taking with them memories of another inspiring AEC Youth Assembly, representatives from across the region were gathering to reflect, plan and equip themselves for continued work in promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Continue reading

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) 09th August 2015

Reflections for August are by Archbishop Joseph Harris, Archbishop of Port of Spain, Trinidad

Gospel Jn 6:41-51

The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,” and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? Do we not know his father and mother? Then how can he say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Stop murmuring among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. Continue reading

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) 2nd. August 2015

Reflections for August are by Archbishop Joseph Harris, Archbishop of Port of Spain, Trinidad

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Gospel John 6:24-35

When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” Continue reading

Gospel Meditation for 16th Sunday of the Year

Reflections for July are by Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, Bishop of Roseau, Dominica

Readings: Jer. 23:1-6; Eph. 2:13-18; Mk. 6:30-34

The Gospel text for this 16th Sunday has the disciples rejoining Jesus after last Sunday’s commissioning. At that reunion: “they told him all they had done and taught” (Mk 6:30). They had been sent “to preach repentance … cast out many devils and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them” (Mk. 6:12-13). Without the text mentioning it, one can deduce that there was a feeling of excitement among the disciples. Consequently, we see Jesus instructing the disciples to “come away to some lonely place all by yourself and rest for a while, for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat” (Mk. 6:31). Continue reading

Gospel Meditation of the 15th Sunday of Year B

Reflections for July are by Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, Bishop of Roseau, Dominica

Amos 7:12-15; Eph. 1:3-14;   Mk. 6:7-13

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, the readings of this 15th Sunday of the Year focus on the Church’s missionary vocation. It is very clear in all three texts, albeit in different ways, that the Church exists for that very purpose. Continue reading