Social Justice

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 […]