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Statement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kingstown

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Fri, Jan 16, 2015

It is with great sadness that we are receiving the news of the tragedy which has overtaken the nation and in particular the people of Fancy and its environs, on this 12th day of January, 2015.{{more}}

When such tragedy occurs and we suffer the lost of loved ones, relatives and friends, when whole communities are suddenly beseeched by grave distress and we are faced with the frailty of our human existence, we were moved to ask ultimate questions. Why did it happen? What did the children do? Whose fault? Why did God not prevent this tragedy?

These ‘W’ questions may never yield the answers we are looking for, but our Christian faith assures us that God is near to us in all our sufferings. The mystery of the incarnation – God becomes one like us (cf. Jn 1:14) – attests to this. God shares the human condition in all its facets except sin. It is to the God of Our Lord Jesus Christ that we turn for consolation as this nation mourns once more.

On behalf of Bishop Jason Gordon, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kingstown would like the families of (the victims) those who perished, on account of the plunging of the minibus into the sea, to know that we commiserate with you. Prayers will be offered for you at our Masses, today and in the days to come.

Msgr Michael Stewart

Vicar General of the Diocese of Kingstown

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