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RC priest: Pray and act against wrong, evil

Sunday, December 29, 2013
Participants carry placards during the Feast of the Holy Innocents procession hosted by the Roman Catholic church on Independence Square in Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT

Roman Catholic Priest Fr Clyde Harvey says while we are enjoying life, we must stop to think of the children who are suffering around the world. He said so during his homily at the Feast of the Holy Innocents celebration at the Brian Lara Promenade in Port-of-Spain, yesterday. Harvey said, “As a priest it happens every year, I always hear about at least one person dying at Christmas. 



“We all have moments when things weren’t too good, some of you might’ve had a sad Christmas day because you didn’t get what you wanted, gotten hurt... I know one little boy who got hurt because of a scratch bomb that burnt him on the side of his feet. “All these things help us to realise that Christmas is not only about fun, it also involves for some people in this world a lot of hurt and pain.”


He said while we in T&T have sunshine and parang, there were children in some parts of the world who were not happy at all; there were children in Syria who didn’t have what they needed, in the cold and with no shoes. The RC priest said there were children in the Central African Republic who were seeing their parents dying before their eyes. Harvey said he wanted people to remember that even as they enjoyed life, there were children suffering and in pain.  


He said we also had to look out for the children around us, in our schools who perhaps didn’t get any toys this Christmas. Fr Kenneth Assing said this year’s feast was celebrated differently, keeping in mind the children who were murdered over the past year. He said the children who died will be commemorated, but the church needed to invite the public to pray as well as to act. 


Assing said the silent procession around the promenade was a compelling presence for the people to take time to reflect, pray and to take action against wrong and evil.


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