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

AEC - DECLARATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE - June 8, 2015

  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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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: A Call To Act

  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.

EVERY HUMAN PERSON IS ENDOWED WITH DIGNITY BY THE CREATOR GOD Continue reading

EPISCOPAL CONSECRATION OF DAVID MACAIRE, NEW ARCHBISHOP OF MARTINIQUE

Mgr Macaire with his mother and father

Mgr Macaire with his mother and father

Report by Pascal Gbiki of the Diocese of Basseterre – Guadeloupe

Sunday April 12th, 2015, second Sunday of Easter and divine mercy Sunday, Mgr David Macaire, appointed archbishop of Saint Pierre and Fort-de-France on march 7th, 2015, has received Episcopal consecration before 20 000 faithful, 87 priests and deacons, and 670 altar servants, all assembled in Pierre Aliker stadium, in Fort-de-France, transformed this day in a huge cathedral. Continue reading

David Bishop Macarius, new Archbishop of Saint Pierre and Fort de France

macarius Translated From - Eglise Catholique en Martinique

http://martinique.catholique.fr/mgr-david-macaire-nouvel?lang=fr

Bishop Gilbert Marie Michel Méranville announced on Radio Saint Louis Saturday morning March 7, the diocese knows the name of his new bishop.
The Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Gilbert Marie Michel Méranville for reasons of age, was indeed named 7 March 2015, Bishop David Macaire Archbishop of Saint Pierre and Fort-de-France. Continue reading

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