Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino. (Internet photo)

A high-level delegation from the Catholic Church, including the Most Eminent Cardinal Grand Prior Renato Raffaele Martino will meet with Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, and Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace during a two-visit to this country this week.

The delegation will arrive in St. Vincent at noon on Thursday, where they will be met by Deputy Prime Minister Girlyn Miguel, Cabinet Secretary Kattian Barnwell, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nathaniel Williams, and Bishop Jason Gordon of the Catholic Church.

Later Thursday afternoon, they will pay separate courtesy calls on the Governor General and Prime Minsiter, before the cardinal celebrates mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Kingstown, from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

On Friday, the delegation will pay a courtesy call on the Leader of the Opposition, then visit St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School and the Verbeke Centre in Kingstown. Verbeke Centre, which hosted Grade 6 of the school until it was destroyed by fire last month.

The delegation will also visit the St. Martin’s Secondary School, the School for Children with Special Needs in Kingstown and St. Benedict’s Children Home, in Georgetown.

They will take part in a sightseeing tour on Friday afternoon then attend a cocktail/reception at the Official Residence of the Prime Minister Friday evening.

Martino was appointed Cardinal Protodeacon by Pope Francis on the occasion of the Ordinary Public Consistory for the canonization of the some of the blessed.

It is the Cardinal Proto-Deacon’s duty, among other tasks, of announcing the outcome of the election of the Roman Pontiff.

5 replies on “Catholic cardinal to visit SVG”

  1. Where are your boys?
    Bring out your young boys so that I might bless them with my holy water!
    Lol just kidding, that was just me being honest.

  2. welcome the Cardinal, hope u say a prayer for our country that we would be more loving.

    I am tired of those internet crazies beating up on the PM asking about his love for ppl. well charity begins at home. You on the radio daily talking about the PM lack of love, when you in USA doesn’t show any to your parents.

    Seriously! am getting tired of your nonsense, go take care of your parents the way a loving daughter would.

  3. “The Most Eminent Cardinal Grand Prior Renato Raffaele Martino”
    So I guess that’s Marty for short?
    Really, where does anyone get off calling themselves “the most eminent”?
    I don’t mean to knock religion, just really organized religion where that religion sits on piles of cash while its followers suffer.
    Just the ones that make up so many titles and practices that we forget what the function of a church is in the first case.
    Just the ones who have so much to tell God when he comes back that they will need a special sitting.
    Have you ever stopped to ask why a small island like SVG has so many different churches that believe in so many different things?
    It’s like politics. Everyone feels that they know what is best so they break away and form a new religion/ political party.
    Next thing you know, you have Democratic Republican Parties and Streams of Powers everywhere.
    But then again, what do I know?

  4. Will there be a time for CONFESSION by those in government and the Opposition? The bible says ‘He who confesses his sins the Lord is faithful and just to forgive.’ So lets hear those confessions from all the rapists, sexual predators, homos, womanisers, prostitutes, thieves, money launderers, wife abusers, and the bad minded and evils ones in Government and the Opposition. This is you time- take advantage of the Cardinal’s presence. SVG will be the better for it. Hallelujah!!!

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