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He gave our nation hope

CN ARCHIVES: Archbishop Pantin (left), Cardinal Francis Arinze and the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro at a press conference on the Cardinal’s arrival to Piarco International Airport.

I met the late Archbishop Pantin around the age of 12 while serving as an acolyte (altar server) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Parish in San Fernando. One Saturday afternoon, I knocked on the back door of the old, wooden presbytery and was greeted by the late archbishop. I experienced a gamut of emotions and greeted him with ‘His Grace’ instead of ‘Your Grace.’ In fact, I said both.

At this juncture, he smiled, asked for my name and allowed me to enter the presbytery. Subsequent to this first meeting, every time the late archbishop and I met he addressed me by name.

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