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On the first Sunday of Advent, 704 Catholics from South Rupununi joined the people of Sawariwau in praise and prayers of thanksgiving for the gift of the Word of God that was brought by Fr Cary Elwes SJ a century ago.

To commemorate 100 years of the Catholic faith in the South Rupununi, the villagers of Sawariwau built an impressive ‘benab-style’ church through self-help activities spearheaded by former Toshao (indigenous leader) Jerome Marques.

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