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Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, Dominica (left) receives an award for and on behalf of Bishop Emeritus Anthony Dickson from Msgr Patrick Anthony of St Lucia at the 19th Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today. Bishop Dickson was honoured for his work as an early ‘Champion of the Environment.’ Photo: Felix Edinborough.

Bishop Karel Choennie, in his homily at the opening Mass for the 19th Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today (CTCT) reminded theologians that as they embark on a mission to help “paint a Church with an Amazonian face”, their “first and foremost” task is obedience to God.

“Disobedience to God seems to be the original sin of all humankind,” the bishop of Paramaribo told Caribbean theologians, scholars and students gathered at the St Peter and Paul Cathedral, June 8.

Bishop Choennie shared a myth told by one of the local Amerindian tribes of a god named Tamoesie. The Amerindians were created by Tamoesie and they lived in peace. “They never got ill. They never died, and they lived in friendship with all animals. No mosquito would bite them, no jaguar attacked them. Food was in abundance…”

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