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Religious organisations implement mix of measures to combat COVID-19

by Samuel Sukhnandan Most places of worship have reopened with strict guidelines, but Roman Catholic parishes and Hindu temples are encouraging elders to stay away. Roman Catholic Bishop Francis Alleyne said while many people were anticipating the reopening of churches, a list of requirements had to be put in place given the instructions from the National COVID-19 Task Force. But ...

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Political, religious, race relations organisations call for unity, peace on Eid-ul-Adha

As Guyana observes Eid-ul-Adha today (Friday) Guyanese leaders, political and religious organizations have all come together to call for greater unity, peace and togetherness among Guyanese, especially in light of the tense political situation. President David Granger has called for greater harmony among all Guyanese. “I pray that the outpouring of charity and concern for others, which is characteristic of Eid-ul-Adha, will ...

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Guyanese Roman Catholic priest appointed Bishop in Jamaica

Pope Francis has appointed Guyanese Roman Catholic Priest  Father John Derek Persaud as the Bishop of Mandeville, Jamaica. Fr. John Persaud is to take up his appointment as soon as he can travel to Jamaica. There he will meet with the Apostolic Administrator, Clergy, Religious and the Faithful of the Diocese of Mandeville to begin preparations for his Episcopal Ordination. ...

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Eid-ul-Fit’r is Sunday… Muslims urged to help unite Guyana, pray for “courageous agents of mercy” during COVID-19

The Central Islamic Organization of Guyana (CIOG) informed all Muslims that the crescent for the month of Shawwal has been sighted and so Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated on Sunday 24th May, 2020. The President, Executives and the Staff of CIOG “wish the entire Muslim Community, Eid Mubarak” and the join with you in spiritual celebration.” Muslims say the ...

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Roman Catholic, Anglican churches cancel all Masses over Covid-19 fears

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Georgetown and the Anglican Diocese of Guyana announce that all Masses are cancelled to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). “With this in mind all Masses will be cancelled in the Diocese effective Sunday 22nd March 2020 until further notice,” Roman Catholic Bishop, Francis Alleyne said in a statement. Instead, he urged the ...

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Pandit rejects police claims that he touched girl who later committed suicide

Attorney-at-Law, Sanjeev Datadin is denying that the police ever questioned a West Demerara Hindu pandit about touching a 13-year-old girl who subsequently committed suicide. “At no stage what was put to him was that he touched the girl anywhere on her body,” Datadin told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online News. Datadin stressed that the Pandit had “no physical ...

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2020 elections candidate under investigation for alleged sexual offence; victim’s suicide

A Hindu priest and candidate for the 2020 general elections is being investigated for alleged violation of the Sexual Offences Act, and investigators are trying to determine if there was any link to the 13-year-old girl committing suicide, police said. Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Commander, Assistant Commissioner Simon McBean said “we are investigating a report of sexual assault” against ...

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Christian political party calls for return of death penalty, cat-o’-nine tails to fight crime

The People’s Republic Party (PRP), a mainly Christian political party, says if it gets its way in the governance of Guyana, it will bring back the death penalty and flogging to help stem killings and other serious crimes. “It will be a means of deterring people from going down that line,” PRP Leader, Timothy Norton said, while recalling that the ...

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Suspect in stabbing of Orthodox Jews in New York is of Guyanese parentage

The man accused of stabbing five Orthodox Jews in Monsey, New York is of Guyanese parentage, according to acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli. Grafton Thomas was arraigned on five counts of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by attempting to kill with a dangerous weapon and causing injuries. The New York Times said ...

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Drug treatment court to be established; Twelve Tribes Rasta group opposes immediate marijuana legalisation

Even as the Twelve Tribes of Israel Rastafarian group urged government not to legalise marijuana, the Guyana government announced that a drug treatment court would be established and would work closely with three government ministries. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in making the announcement at a government outreach at Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara, said government demonstrated political will to remove ...

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