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Cardinal Filoni visits the Caribbean



The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, continues his visit to the Caribbean. The cardinal was due to celebrate mass later on Tuesday in the cathedral of Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe for the feast of St. Francis Xavier.
The visit to the Antilles began last Friday and will end on Wednesday 4 December, with stops in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Cardinal Filoni addressed the bishops of the Episcopal Conference of the Antilles on Saturday at the Seminary of St John Vianney and Ugandan Martyrs in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The cardinal spoke of the three main challenges facing the Church in the Caribbean: the scarcity of priests and religious, the declining number of Catholics engaged in the life of the Church, and the decreasing financial resources. He encouraged the bishops in facing these problems and urged them to take the necessary steps in fostering healthy communities of the clergy and the lay faithful, capable of living fully the faith and mission of the Church.




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