In emotional service, Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slave trading

“We express our solemn contrition for our participation in slavery, and the benefit our institution received. We cannot hide from this truth, bury this truth, ignore this truth. Slavery remains the original evil in our republic, an evil that our university was complicit in.” – President, Georgetown University, John DeGioia
(CNN) There is wide gulf, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the “slaveholding religion of this land.” One is “good, pure and holy,” the other corrupt and wicked, the “climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds.”

“We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries and cradle-plunderers for church members,” Douglass wrote in “Life of an American Slave.”

For Douglass, as for other African-Americans, the sin of slavery was intolerable; the complicity of Christians unforgivable.

On both counts, the Jesuit order, one of the Catholic Church’s most powerful group of priests, (Pope Francis is a member) was guilty. In the United States and elsewhere, the Society of Jesus owned and sold slaves.


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Six earthquakes affected Antigua and Barbuda Sunday, Monday

Six earthquakes affected Antigua and Barbuda between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to information received from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad.

The quakes, which struck between 11:12 Sunday night and 4:31 Monday morning, were reportedly felt throughout the island, in Barbuda and other neighbouring territories such as Montserrat and St Kitts and Nevis.

The biggest quake, which measured a magnitude of 5.8 occurred Monday morning at 1:23. (more…)

CARICOM heightens preparation for UN oceans Conference

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CARICOM Secretariat – Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are heightening their preparations ahead of the United Nations (UN) Conference on the sustainable use of the oceans (SDG14), scheduled for June 5-9 in New York.

CARICOM Member States and the CARICOM Secretariat participated in a forum from 29-31 March 2017, in Jeju, Republic of Korea, as the Community continued to enhance its capacity to adequately respond to the complexity of issues surrounding sustainable oceans governance.

The Meeting, hosted by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), was organized by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in collaboration with the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). It drew extensive representation of SIDS throughout the hemisphere, experts from capitals, embassies and Permanent Missions to the UN in New York. (more…)

Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum: Committing to school safety at national, regional levels

Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum (Photo via Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Antigua and Barbuda)
Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum participants (Photo via Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Antigua and Barbuda)

PANAMA CITY, Panama 5 April 2017 – Ministers and other high-level authorities from the Education sector endorsed the Antigua and Barbuda Declaration for School Safety during the Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum which took place from 3 to 4 April, 2017, and was hosted by Antigua and Barbuda’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Hon. Michael S. Browne, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Antigua and Barbuda, highlighted that “In the Caribbean, there is the need to have clarity on how everyone, individuals, nations and the region will respond to disasters, for which there is the need to work as a team”.

During the meeting the Caribbean Safe School Initiative (CSSI) was launched. The CSSI is the framework to advance school safety in the Caribbean and at the same time reflects the Caribbean contribution to the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS). With regard to enhancing school safety, Ms. Elizabeth Riley, Deputy Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), informed participants that “the Caribbean Safe School Initiative will be the flagship programme for CDEMA for 2017-2020.”

In keeping with that which is stipulated at the global level, the CSSI will be a Caribbean partnership for advancing safe school implementation at the national level. Ministries of Education will lead the implementation supported by international, regional and national partners.

Read more at: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction