Roman Catholic Archbishop, Jason Gordon, believes the over-commercialisation of Christmas has taken away from the holiness and true meaning of the season.
The head of the Catholic Church in this country is calling for balance and reminding citizens of the reason for the season.
He believes we need to observe Advent once more, the four-week period in the run up to Christmas Day, in order to bring back a true appreciation of the season.
The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services hosted its third annual Children’s Christmas party for the children of staff members and children from the Point-A-Pierre and Edingburgh Special Schools on Sunday December 8, 2019. The event was held at the Ministry’s Inter-Disciplinary Child Development Centre in Couva.
Funded via the staff at the Ministry, who also donated toys for underprivileged children, the Ministry was able to treat approximately fifty (50) children to games, eats and drinks.
Since the ABM task force was reintroduced in September, 19 persons have appeared before the courts.
18 of them were non-nationals.
The announcement was made by ASP of the Fraud Squad Curtis Julien at the police press briefing today as he gave safety tips for ATM/card skimming especially during the Christmas and carnival season.
Three mothers got surprise Christmas presents at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex yesterday when they delivered their sons days before they were due.
Jenise Guerra was the first to give birth at 1.04 am to a 7.1-pound boy. Guerra, who lives in Arima, said she was caught off guard by labour pains on Christmas eve as she was due to give birth to her fourth child on Saturday. She has two other sons and one daughter.
The baby came seven days late but when she finally arrived on Christmas morning, her mother Candice Baptiste decided to call her Melody.
Baby Melody was one of four babies born on Christmas Day at the San Fernando General Hospital.
In an interview, Baptiste said her labour lasted for two days so when she finally brought Melody safely out, she was ecstatic.
“I came in on Sunday night because the baby was supposed to be here a week ago. I feel relieved that she is OK and I look forward to going home,” Baptiste said.
The Pope has used his annual Christmas message to appeal for peace in conflict zones including Yemen and Syria.
The two countries have both been ravaged by civil war for years, pushing their people into humanitarian crises.
"My wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity.
Fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture," Pope Francis said on Tuesday.
The Pontiff was giving his yearly "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City and to the World) address in the Vatican.