Pope issues apostolic letter on mercy, extends faculties for abortion absolutions

Catholic Standard, Guyana, 4th December, 2016

Reflecting on the fruits of the extraordinary jubilee year of mercy, Pope Francis has issued Misericordia et Misera, an apostolic letter on mercy.

In the letter—dated November 20 and released the following day—Pope Francis said that mercy “must continue to be celebrated and lived out in our communities.

“The example of Christ’s mercy toward the woman caught in adultery is “an icon of what we have celebrated during the Holy Year,” the Pope stated. “Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the Church; it constitutes her very existence, through which the profound truths of the Gospel are made manifest and tangible.” Continue reading

As Year of Mercy ends Holy Door closed, but Mercy continues

Catholic Standard,Guyana, 18th November 2016

At the end of a special Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Brickdam last Sunday to mark the end of the Year of Mercy, the congregation carrying candles lit from the Paschal Candle processed out of the cathedral through the cathedral’s Holy Door of Mercy for the last time. Outside they quietly gathered on the steps and in the courtyard facing the Door of Mercy. Bishop Francis Alleyne said a short prayer as the parish priest, Monsignor Terrence Montrose, slowly closed the door shut. Continue reading

Feed the Hunger for God with his Word: Cardinal Tagle to CBF Execs

From Mike James –Catholic Standard 18November 2016

Cardinal Luis Tagle of the Philippines, President of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) has called on the Executive Committee and the Regional Coordinators from across the 5 continents of the only world-wide institution of the Roman Catholic Church dedicated primarily to Biblical Pastoral Ministry to help awake and “respond to the great hunger of people around the world for the Word of God in their lives” in a spirit of generous “sharing of gifts from the Lord”. Continue reading

Death of Bishop Zichem - Paramaribo - Suriname

Bishop Aloysius Zichem died 13th November 2016 n Paramaribo, Suriname, he was 83 years old. Bishop Zichem was ordained a priest on the 14th day of August, 1960. He belonged to the Redemptorist Religious Family. He was ordained as Titular Bishop of Fluerteventura on the 8th of February, 1970 and appointed the second Bishop of the Diocese of Paramaribo on the 30th August, 1971. His installation as the Bishop of Paramaribo took place on the 24th October, 1971. He served as Bishop until illness prevented him from continuing in his Episcopal Ministry.

We wish to extend to Bishop Karel Choennie, the priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Paramaribo our condolences and assure them of our prayers. We give thanks for the dedicated and inspiring service of the late Bishop Zichem not only to the people and Church of Suriname but also his great contribution to the Antilles Episcopal Conference. May his soul rest in peace.


Serving Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference - 2016

Province of Castries

Archbishop Robert Rivas, Archbishop of Castries, St. Lucia

Bishop Gabriel Malzaier, Bishop of Roseau, Dominica

Bishop Jason Gordon, Bishop of Bridgetown, Barbados

Bishop Robert Llanos, Apostolic Administrator, St. John’s Basseterre, Antigua

Fr. Clifton Harris, Diocesan Administrator, St. George’s, Grenada


Province of Kingston

Archbishop Kenneth Richards, Archbishop of Kingston, Jamaica

Bishop Burchell McPherson, Bishop of Montego Bay, Jamaica

Archbishop Charles Dufour, Apostolic Administrator of Mandeville, Jamaica

Bishop Dorick Wright, Bishop of Belize & Belmopan, Belize

Bishop Christopher Glancy, Auxiliary Bishop of Belize & Belmopan


Province of Nassau

Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau, Bahamas

Bishop Wesley Spiewak, Bishop of Hamilton, Bermuda


Province of Port of Spain

Archbishop Joseph Harris, Archbishop of Port of Spain

Bishop Francis Alleyne, Bishop of Georgetown, Guyana

Bishop Gerard County, Bishop of Kingstown, St. Vincent

Bishop Karel Choennie, Bishop of Paramaribo, Suriname

Bishop Luigi Secco, Bishop of Willemstad, Curacao


Province of Fort-de-France

Archbishop David Macaire, Archbishop of Fort-de-France, Martinique

Bishop Jean-Yves Riocreux, Bishop of Basseterre, Guadeloupe

Bishop Emmanuel Lafont, Bishop of Cayenne, Cayenne


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.


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


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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

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