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Islamic community endorses President Ali’s performance

The Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) on Monday gave a ringing endorsement of President Ali’s performance on the occasion of his one year in office and criticised the opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) for attempting to hold on to power. “The CIOG reiterates its support for His Excellency the President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali and ...

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Inter-Religious Organisation supports Rastafari use of marijuana

The Inter Religious Organisation of Guyana (IROG) on Saturday endorsed the decriminalisation of the possession of small amounts of marijuana for religious use by Rastafari, and at the same time urged authorities to ensure there is no widescale abuse of the plant. “While the IROG is not calling for indiscriminate smoking of marijuana to be legalized, it calls on the ...

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Police Force instructed to rescind revocation of Chaplain’s appointment over prayer

The Guyana Police Force Wednesday night officially back-pedaled on its decision to remove Pastor Patrick Doolichand as its Chaplain, hours after his appointment was revoked because of a prayer at last week’s opening of that law enforcement agency’s annual officers’ conference. “Further – contrary to what was stated in the revocation letter – His Excellency the President, Dr. Irfaan Ali, ...

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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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