Social Justice

Eliminating violence against women

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: ‘Where is your brother?’ (Gen 4:9). Where […]

United as a nation

Truth and justice must stand above my comfort and physical well-being, or else my life itself becomes a lie. Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi, para 38 […]

Introducing spoken word in the classroom

“Never hesitate to hold out your hand; never hesitate to accept the outstretched hand of another.” Pope Saint John XXIII CCSJ Social Justice Education Committee By […]

Comforting those who mourn

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI November is the month dedicated to those who have died. November 2, All Souls’ Day, is commemorated the […]

Building a culture of inclusion

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI One of the joys of being a citizen, is the fact that we have learned over the years […]

The facts about the stats

Let us ask the Lord for the grace that a new wave of love for our neighbour may sweep over this poor world.   Venerable Pope […]

Protecting the dignity of work

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI The Dignity of Work is the theme for the 2019 Justice, Peace and Community Week, October 19–26. See […]

Children – the unseen victims of the death penalty

On Thursday, October 10 the 17th World Day Against the Death Penalty will be dedicated to children whose parents have been sentenced to death or executed. […]

Lazarus at our gate

“Poverty is not just a lack of money; it is not having the capability to realise one’s full potential as a human being” —Amartya Sen By […]

Our responsibilities as citizens of this Republic

On September 24 we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Trinidad & Tobago becoming a Republic. We gained independence on August 31, 1962 and Republican status on […]

Living our baptismal call to mission

“The Church is on mission in the world. Faith in Jesus Christ enables us to see all things in their proper perspective, as we view the […]

Celebrating diversity

By Leela Ramdeen Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “God does not reveal himself in the abstract, but by using languages, imagery and expressions that are bound […]

Humility – from ‘I’ to ‘We’

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “…everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.” The quotation […]

How much do we love our liberty?

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI On Saturday, August 31, we will celebrate 57 years of independence. Firstly, let us give thanks to God […]

Our Youth Matter

Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI On August 12, the world will celebrate International Youth Day. It is worth noting aspects of the UN’s statement: […]

Emancipating ourselves

By Leela Ramdeen,                       Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, for though others may free the body, none but […]

Gifts of the blind and vision impaired

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “I am too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated”—Helen […]

What makes you happy?

By Leela Ramdeen,  Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go […]

Is Parliament fulfilling its role?

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI A democratic parliament is one that is representative, open and transparent, accessible, accountable and effective (Inter-Parliamentary Union) On Sunday, […]

Migrants need spiritual support

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “A spirituality of migration has less to do with ‘being nice to refugees’ and more to do with […]

‘Soufra’ – From refugee to entrepreneur

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair CCSJ & Director, CREDI This Sunday (June 16) I celebrate my birthday. Each day I thank God for the many blessings He […]

Welcome Holy Spirit

By Leela Ramdeen,  Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Let us welcome the Holy Spirit on this Pentecost Sunday and open our hearts to be renewed by […]

Religious sisters, our heroines

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair,                                  CCSJ & Director, CREDI Good news! Pope Francis has appointed the first female Consultors—four, including three religious—to the Secretariat of the Synod […]

A world craving for peace

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI The world is craving for peace. In today’s gospel (Jn 14:23–29), Jesus tells His disciples that the peace […]

School exclusion can affect life chances

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI How is data in the education system in T&T used to ensure that behaviour and exclusion practices do […]

Family life at risk due to climate change 

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI On Wednesday, May 15, the world will celebrate the International Day of Families. The 2019 theme is:  Families and Climate […]

Irrational fear making us crazy

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI In 1995 Pope St John Paul II stated: “The value of democracy stands or falls with the truths and […]

Christ’s Resurrection – true hope for the world

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Christ is risen, Alleluia! The blogger, Phil Newton, wrote: ‘9 ways Christ’s Resurrection gives us hope for today.’ Numbers […]

Transforming the health of the nation

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI Today, April 7, we observe World Health Day. The theme is: Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere. The World Health […]

Creating holy moments

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Migrants and refugees do not represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be […]

Remembering the victims of slavery

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI The world will commemorate the UN International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave […]

Oh, Happy Day!

By Leela Ramdeen,       Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “Everyone you meet always asks if you have a career, are married or own a house, as if […]

Advancing women’s equality

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI On March 8 the world observed International Women’s Day (IWD). The 2019 theme is: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change. […]

A moment of grace

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI IT was with great joy that many of us gathered at the Church of St Philip and St James, […]

Celebrate culture on the savannah grass

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI RECENTLY I gave a woman and her two young children a lift to their home. On the way the […]

Addressing the plague of human trafficking

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI “WHAT TO DO? WHAT TO DO?”, cried my friend in frustration after reading about the 19 young Venezuelan women, between […]

Families matter

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair,   CCSJ & Director, CREDI I watched the video clip on Facebook in which six girls in school uniform at a school in […]

Promoting equal opportunities

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI It may be timely to remind ourselves of legislation that exists in T&T to deal with various kinds of […]

Addressing the needs of migrants and refugees

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Recently someone remonstrated, stating that the Catholic Church should […]

Education system needs an overhaul

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. On Thursday (January 24) the world will observe the […]

Get ready for the heat

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. T&T is caught up in the worldwide change in […]

Pilgrims of Faith

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Today, Sunday, January 6, we celebrate the Solemnity of […]

Our hopes for the new year

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. We have come to the end of another year. […]

Moved by the joy of the gift

By Leela Ramdeen,  Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. In two days’ time, on December 25, we will […]

Moving away from the death penalty

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. As Chair of the Greater Caribbean for Life, an […]

Let’s help empower persons with disabilities

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “There is no greater disability in society than the inability […]

Building inclusive parishes 

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. As you reflect on the draft Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, […]

Caring for His kingdom

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Today, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, we […]

Spoken Word on the state of the world

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. CCSJ and the Youth Commission are pleased to share […]

Youth speak out on caring for creation

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. CCSJ would like to thank all those who observed […]

Literacy transforms lives

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “Literacy is the skill that unlocks the gates of […]

Building sustainable cities, towns and villages 

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “Experiencing the need for change is the first step towards […]

Domestic violence is everyone’s business – CCSJ

In a media release the Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) calls for an urgent response by all citizens to the prevalence of domestic/intimate partner violence […]

Observing Justice, Peace and Community Week

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. The archdiocesan observance of ‘Justice, Peace and Community Week’ on the theme: Caring […]

Is your lamp lit?

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. While I was in London in August, a 10-year-old […]

Pride in our Republic

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. On September 24 we celebrated the 42nd anniversary of T&T’s […]

Progress on Parish Ministries for Migrants and Refugees

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “The Church is ever mindful that Jesus Christ was […]

Building blocks for PEACE

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “The world must be educated to love Peace, to build […]

Changing the culture of repellant crimes

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Initially, this article was titled: ‘Cleaning the Augean stables’. However, […]

Charity and justice

Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. On Wednesday September 5, the world will observe the International […]

Reflections on Independence

By Leela Ramdeen,  Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “…to be free is not merely to cast off one’s […]

We need the Eucharist to live lives of service

By Leela Ramdeen,  Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Today’s gospel, John 6:24–35, offers us an opportunity to […]

What we can do to stop human trafficking

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Tomorrow, July 30, the world will observe World Day against Trafficking in […]

Meeting the challenges of today’s world

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “World Youth Skills Day is calling on global communities to engage […]

Build right relationships with the homeless

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI,Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. We should heed Pope Francis’ warning in his homily at a Mass […]

Remembering the Windrush generation

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. The term ‘Windrush generation’ refers to the immigrants who […]

No to drug tracking and illicit trafficking

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. On Tuesday, June 26, the world will observe the […]

Reflections on Father’s Day

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Today is Father’s Day! Let’s take some time to reflect […]

Ending child labour

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “We must move much faster if we are to honour […]

Moving from retribution to restoration

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “…the Church proposes a form of justice that is […]

Arrival and cohesion

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair,  CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “The political and social climate that prevails in the world today […]

Working towards an AIDS-free Caribbean

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. In today’s Gospel reading (Jn 15: 9–17) we focus on the […]

The call to be holy

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in […]

Conserving the Divine Harmony

By Leela Ramdeen,  Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more “Our planet is a mother for all of us. We […]

Pursuing MLK’s dream 

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director CREDI On Wednesday, April 4, the world marked the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King […]

Saving our children

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “The family is important, and it is necessary for the […]

The perfect hope

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “Christ has really, truly, and substantially risen, Body and Blood, […]

No moral justification for slavery

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Today, Sunday March 25, the world marks the International Day […]

Say ‘no’ to racism and live up to our anthem

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. The world will observe The International Day for the Elimination […]

The time is now to empower women

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. The world observed International Women’s Day (IWD) last Thursday (March […]

Keeping former offenders on the straight and narrow

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. On Tuesday, February 20, I attended Vision on Mission’s […]

‘Listen to Him’ is a call to action

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair,  CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Today’s Gospel, Mark 9:2–10, tells the story of the transfiguration of […]

Don’t let your love grow cold

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. In case you did not have an opportunity to read Pope […]

Let’s celebrate World Day of Social Justice

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. “None of us can think we are exempt from concerns […]

No to privatising prisons

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. It is with great sadness that CCSJ noted the […]

Bullying must never become the new normal

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. In March 2017, Diane Montagna reported on Pope Francis’ plea […]

Come and see

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. There are many nuggets of wisdom in today’s readings. Reflect […]

Let’s follow the star

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. As we celebrate the solemnity of the Epiphany of […]

Remain in Christ, turn tests into testimonies

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, & Director, CREDI Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more. Today, the last day of 2017, we have an […]

Saying ‘Yes’ to the Lord’s call

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ (http://rcsocialjusticett.org & Director, CREDI Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation (Lk 1:26–38). Tomorrow we will celebrate the birth of our […]

Giving thanks for Archbishop Joseph Harris

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI Today we gather at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to give thanks to God for the […]

Promoting human rights

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI Saturday, December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day, and on Sunday, December 10, the world will observe Human […]

Which ‘HDC’ are you?

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ                (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI At the end of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis initiated the World Day of the Poor. […]

Being good stewards of the environment

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI Tomorrow, Monday, November 6, the world will observe the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the […]

True shepherd – Archbishop-elect fits the bill

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair CCSJ (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI On behalf of members of CCSJ, I extend sincere congratulations to Archbishop-elect Jason Gordon. Since my return […]

Children learn what they live

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI “It is time for fathers and mothers to return from their exile, because they have self-exiled from the […]

Poverty & Justice: a deadly mix

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI For the rule of law, the death penalty represents a failure, as it obliges the state to kill in […]

Republic Day wake-up call

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ     (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI  Today Trinidad and Tobago celebrates our 41st anniversary as a Republic. My father was an MP in the first […]

Together for Peace

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI On Thursday, September 21, the world will observe the International Day of Peace. The theme for 2017, “Together for Peace: […]

A Catholic perspective on Democracy

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI  On Friday, September 15, the world will observe the International Day of Democracy. This year’s theme, Democracy and conflict prevention “focuses on […]

Being charitable

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ, (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI “Unless those who call themselves Christians live to serve, their lives serve no good purpose” (Pope Francis). On September 5, […]

An Independence commitment

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI “It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a […]

Stop pillaging our common home

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI “A Christian who doesn’t safeguard creation, who doesn’t make it flourish, is a Christian who isn’t concerned […]

Youth building peace

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI Saturday, August 12 is International Youth Day. The theme this year is: Youth Building Peace. As the UN states, “there is […]

The rights of Indigenous Peoples

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI “We must not ignore those who claim the status of First Peoples in this country as owners of […]

Combating the scourge of human trafficking

By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ (http://rcsocialjusticett.org) & Director, CREDI “…Human trafficking and slavery radically strips a person of … fundamental dignity, reducing them to the status […]