Commentary

Depression or the soul’s dark night?

By Jacqui-Theresa Leiba It is a time when mental health issues are at the forefront in the discussions in society. It is also time that we […]

The New World Order and the American Election

Msgr Christian Pereira Parish Priest, St Benedict’s La Romaine It is evident that the world is evolving in a new and different way. This evolution is […]

Our Lady of good memory

By Fr Martin Sirju The month of October is here—the Month of the Rosary—a time to remember Mary. A time to pray the rosary as a […]

Caribbean Sunday lunch… with new meaning

By Fr Donald Chambers “Families are messy. . . Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or […]

That man called Sprang

The last Sunday’s Express editorial ‘Thank you, Cultural Sprangalang’ was a well-written portrayal of a man who was an original. It states very aptly: ‘his gift […]

School at home

A short reflection on the new academic year by Gregory Quan Kep, Acting Principal, St Benedict’s College “Behold I make all things new” taken from Revelation, […]

We, the Peoples…

By Delia Chatoor On Monday, September 21, Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the United Nations (UN) will be invited to adopt […]

The challenge of RACE

By Msgr Christian D Pereira For many years people of our great nation were guided by an unwritten convention, namely, we should not speak about or […]

Transforming our broken society

By Ottrisha Carter We live in a society in which a lot of brokenness exists. Whether we accept it or not, we’re all broken in some […]

Cherishing liberty -Growing unity, tolerance, respect

The song ‘God bless our Nation’ was written for Trinidad and Tobago by the late Marjorie Padmore to celebrate our status as an independent state. The three last […]

Not yet breathing easily

A monthly column by Dr Marlene Attzs, Economist. Email: marlene.attzs@gmail.com The elections are over, and T&T begins another chapter in the new normal. A government is […]

Who’s the racist

A commentary by Fr Martin Sirju, Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain “Give her what she wants because she is shouting after us…I […]

Ordinary Time, the Church, and the impact of COVID-19

By Delia Chatoor With the return of Ordinary Time in the Liturgical Calendar of the Church, we are provided with a very lengthy period during which […]

Free or Die!

God did not mean [for] people to own people. Vicar for Communications, Fr Robert Christo reflects on the movie Harriet. Harriet is an exceptionally powerful, engaging, […]

Elections 2020 – a Catholic perspective

By Sr Renée K Hall OP The year 2020 will go down in the annals of our history books as the one that presented unprecedented challenges […]

Sayamanda –Is I a man there when I am silent about injustice?

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor The late and great artiste and musician, Andre Tanker’s song, ‘Sayamanda’, had been playing in my ear since the George Floyd story […]

Pondering the pandemic and protests

By Constance Reyes I am living through a time in human existence that is beyond anything I thought I’d ever see or experience in my lifetime. […]

Much more ‘arrival’ needed

By Fr Martin Sirju It might surprise many to hear I was not in favour of Indian Arrival Day as another public holiday. I felt at […]

Understanding teenage grief and loss amid COVID-19

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor “The world outside is wide so I keep telling myself, I’m safe inside. But the four walls are creeping near as the […]

On the frontline with modern-day saints

By Fr Martin Sirju “What the world needs more than ever is saints.” So said Fr Henry Charles many years ago. The pandemic has provided us […]

Responding to the REAL Grief of COVID – 19

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor The senior nurse at one of the hospitals calls at 10.30 p.m. She is sitting in the gallery with her husband—both are […]

COVID-19 can be a transforming moment

By Fr Donald Chambers Recently, a friend remarked about an increased awareness, sensitivity and response to the needs of the weak and vulnerable since the COVID-19 […]

Lessons from St Benedict during COVID-19

A reflection by Abbot John Pereira OSB In his Rule for Monks, which St Benedict wrote in the sixth century, he states clearly that he is […]

Food Security and COVID-19

By Prof Wayne Ganpat, Dean, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, UWI, St Augustine Trinidad and Tobago is facing a number of crises at this time. Apart […]

Life under COVID-19 by a 60 something!

By Delia Chatoor As a child in the 50s and 60s, I was aware of the various states of emergencies called to quell labour disturbances and […]

The balancing act of marriage and parenting

By Marsha Gomes-Mckie A couple of months ago, the priest, at the beginning of his sermon asked all couples to sit next to each other. There […]

Carnival – let’s look again

Carnival is here again, its ubiquitous rhythms infecting every corner of the land at this time. At Carnival the nation become schizophrenic – bad vs good, […]

Story of a People

Presbyterian Minister Rev Clifford R L Rawlins gave a public lecture on ‘The Theology of Carnival’ at St Crispin’s Anglican Church, Woodbrook on January 30. The […]

How To Have A Fulfilling Christian Carnival

Fr Dexter Brereton, CSSp offers some practical tips to guide behaviour during Carnival, bearing in mind that one cannot always simply look at actions and tell […]

A theology of Carnival

Presbyterian Minister Rev Clifford R L Rawlins gave a public lecture on ‘The Theology of Carnival’ at St Crispin’s Anglican Church, Woodbrook on January 30. The […]

Lessons from a wisdom teacher

Vicar General and Cathedral Administrator Fr Martin Sirju remembers his rector at the Seminary, Fr Henry Charles. Seven is the number of perfection, of fullness, richness. […]

Leadership in the Church

Brent Augustus, a parishioner from Diego Martin, concludes his commentary on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan. Part One appeared on this page in last Sunday’s issue. On […]

Church’s faith formation programmes must change

Brent Augustus, a parishioner from Diego Martin, shares his concerns and makes some suggestions on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan. I attended a parish consultation on the […]

We all own this space

Trinidad and Tobago is in its 57th year of independence, and moving to 43 years of republicanism. Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Harris in his final interview with […]

A long tradition of excellence—An Emancipation Day commentary by Fr Dexter Brereton CSSp

Repeat after me: ALL BLACK PEOPLE DO NOT LIVE IN LAVENTILLE Repeat after me: MANY GOOD THINGS COME OUT OF LAVENTILLE Repeat after me… MANY BLACK […]

The impact of home life on a child’s education

A commentary by Cuthbert Sandy My teacher education in the years 1976–1978 at Corinth Teachers’ College still serves me in good stead, notwithstanding from that time […]

Show me your velvet…

YEAR after year, as a true born-and-bred Trinbagonian, I long for those days when Carnival truly displayed our ingenuity by producing good Calypso (humourous, satirical and […]

Of rights, responsibility and progress

By Vincent Lynch In consideration of the very many issues with which our nation is now confronted it is difficult not to follow-up on the earlier […]

Those in positions of trust must be true to their office

Vincent Lynch concludes his commentary on our Constitution. Part 1 appeared on this page in last Sunday’s issue. Such arrangements would allow for adequate coverage of […]

The power and beauty of our Constitution

By Vincent Lynch Within the context of the many calls for constitutional reform originating from certain segments of the population, it would be interesting to find […]

The indissolubility of marriage

by Fr Derek Anton In the February 18 CN issue, Msgr Michael de Verteuil wrote the following letter to the Editor: “Recently the Catholic News has […]

Reason to hope

A reflection on the Mass of Installation for Archbishop Jason Gordon by Marcia Riley 2018, a New Year, a new archbishop, a new reason to hope! […]