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New Year’s Message from Archbishop Gordon

Archbishop-elect Jason Gordon and President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, Dominica share a light moment in the entrance procession at last Wednesday’s Mass of Installation. Photo: Raymond Syms

As we begin this New Year, I share, fellow citizens, your deep longing for peace. If peace is to break out in T&T in 2018, however, we will need to take some particular steps to achieve it. Peace cannot be enforced by guns or armies. These may bring about a ceasefire. But that is not peace.

To work for peace is to work for development—the development of each person and every dimension of the human person. This, the Catholic tradition calls authentic Integral Human Development. Pope Paul VI says this form of development is the “vocation” of the Church, by which God calls the Church to build a civilisation of peace. Here, I wish to outline some steps in the pilgrimage to peace.

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