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Fr Albert Smith

ST LUCIA

Vicar General Msgr Michel Francis has maintained that based on the articles of the Criminal Code of St Lucia (2004) which deals with disturbing a Minister of Religion during services, Fr Albert Smith was “within his rights” to admonish persons who were irreverent during a funeral service, as seen in a viral video on social media.

When contacted for comment, Msgr Francis told Catholic News that the confrontation was during the internment rites at the cemetery for Fr Albert’s nephew who died tragically in a vehicular accident. “The atmosphere, as you might imagine, would have been charged with emotions,” he said via email.

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