KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves will attend midnight mass in Bethlehem on Christmas Day.
“I have been invited by the President of the Palestinian Authority, my friend, Mamoud Abbas,” Gonsalves said at a rally of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) Sunday night.
“He (Abbas) says he wants me to go to church with him — midnight mass — at the Church of the Nativity, where Christ was born.
“That church was built in the year 300-and-something –a long time ago,” Gonsalves said.
“I want to go there and feel the Spirit. I want to be renewed as an eagle in the place of the birth of our Lord and Saviour. But I want to do some things in one or two places. So, I am trying to finalise them,” the Prime Minister said.
Gonsalves, who is also Minister of Finance, further announced that the Estimate of Revenue and Expenditure for 2012 would be tabled in Parliament on Dec. 13.
That day marks one year since the ULP was elected to a third term in office.
It will also mark the deadline, by which Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace said, last year, that the ULP government would fall.
The budget debates will take place early in the New Year, Gonsalves said.