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The Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago was among the religious groups invited to make its “spiritual contribution” as the nation became independent of colonial rule.

On July 13, the press officer for the Independence Celebrations Committee James Andrews wrote to Archbishop Finbar Ryan indicating: “The Publicity Sub-Committee of the Independence Celebrations Committee has been contacted by representative of various religious bodies with offers of prayers for independence.”

His correspondence continues, “I am sure the Catholic Church will have its own spiritual contribution to make, it would help to give a balanced future if I could have details of your plans before releasing these of other denominations.”

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