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Montserrat Can Be Better Than it Was Before 1995, says Catholic Bishop

The Osbornes pose for our cameras after the national St Patricks Festival mass.

Bishop Robert Llanos told worshippers on Sunday morning that God can use Montserrat’s people to change the world and they could be better than their pre-volcano days.

The Trinidadian archbishop presented the homily at the annual St Patrick’s Festival mass at the St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Lookout on Sunday, March 12.

To a full house and via radio and video live stream, the bishop shared a word which encouraged Montserrat to use prayer as the primary tool to understand what God was calling them to do. He admonished all that the volcano was a crucifixion of sorts and that the island was now on a journey which if surrendered to God’s direction could see Montserrat better than it was before the tragedy. He said trust had to be a hallmark of our lives and that our willingness to obey God’s instructions was necessary for success.

Parishioners and visitors, who included Her Excellency the Governor Elizabeth Carriere and Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo came out in Montserrat’s national dress or dressed in elements of it with green and gold.

The mass is a part of the week of activities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.

Listen to the full service here, courtesy of Montserrat Radio Echo.

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