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It s likely that Pope Francis will visit T&T
in two years.
Archbishop Joseph Harris said he hoped
that by May 2015 the Pope will be able to
"I am hoping," Harris said.
At a press conference at Archbishop House,
Maraval Road yesterday, Harris said President
Anthony Carmona extended an invitation to
the Pope during his visit at the Vatican in
Carmona and his family left T&T on July
4 and met with the Pope on July 6.
Asked if the Pope will visit for the opening
of the Cathedral, Harris replied, "The Pope s
schedule is fixed a year and a half in advance.
"I know that the President invited him, I
know that, but the Pope couldn t give him
an answer immediately.
"I would hope that by May 2015 or some-
time around there, that the Pope will be able
However, Harris said in December Cardinal
Fernando Feloni, Prefect of the Congregation
for the Evangelisation of People is expected
to visit. The press conference was called to
announce the appointment of Msgr Robert
Llanos as Auxiliary Bishop.
Llanos, 55 is the vicar general of the Arch-
diocese of Port-of-Spain.
The Pope made the announcement at 6
Harris said, "I have worked very closely
with him since I assumed the position of
"I do believe that Rome has made a good
Harris said Llanos had no right of succession
as Auxiliary Bishop. Llanos will assist with
The Archdiocese has 19 departments and
62 parishes which needed "episcopal over-
Harris said the appointment had nothing
to do with his health.
"My health is quite good.
"I have gone through tests and I am in
good health. I have to lose a bit of weight
and I am looking at that."
Llanos said he was honoured, humbled
and felt truly blessed.
"I am happy to know that his Grace trusts
me to share this responsibility in the Arch-
diocese to minister to the people of God."
He said he was a born and bred Trini and
grew up in Newtown. He is expected to be
ordained in September at a venue yet to be
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Two political analysts are saying the
July 29 by-election is going to be a tight
race between Jack Warner s Independent
Liberal Party (ILP) and the United National
Maukesh Basdeo said the votes can swing
either way. He said it was still too early to
say whether Warner has that level of sup-
"It could come to basically a tight election
Basdeo said Warner has strong support
but so did the UNC in its strongholds and
Should Warner win the seat, he will join
sacked justice minister Herbert Volney who
is the representative for St Joseph.
Volney has expressed his interest in joining
Warner s ILP.
Basdeo said, "If you look at the electoral
results in the last year, there is the THA
elections where the TOP lost, there s the
by-election and the local government elec-
"If the People s Partnership were to lose
seats in the corporations it could send what
we call a signal, but politics in Trinidad
and Tobago is so dynamic.
"It can change anytime."
Basdeo said it was normal for a govern-
ment in its mid-term to lose support, but
he said he believed the Government could
still try to make up in its delivery of policies
and so on since it has about two years left
to complete its five-year term.
He said, "They have to focus. There have
been so many bumps in the road for them
such as the THA elections, by-election and
local government elections---all of these
things can have a tremendous impact on
the Government itself."
Rampersad: Losing will
not augur well for Govt
Political analyst Dr Indira Rampersad
said, "It is going to be a tight race because
for him (Warner) it is do or die, and for the
UNC in some ways, it s really going to deter-
mine their capacity to sustain another term
Obviously, if Warner wins the seat it will
reduce the number of seats the PP has in
Rampersad said, "Losing any seat in the
Parliament is not good for any Government,
so if he should win it definitely doesn t not
augur well for the partnership.
"That s why it s such an intense, heated
race because they realise their image is at
stake and also their parliamentary majority
because we don t know if Mr Volney will
go with him and that will further bring
down the majority to 27."
She said those were the kinds of reper-
cussions the PP can face should Warner
She said Warner s ILP had mobilised sig-
nificantly but he was testing a lot of the-
Rampersad said, "Mr Warner is not the
only party that has broken away from the
UNC in the past.
"There have been MUP, Team Unity and
COP and none of them has been able to
trump the UNC in the past.
"None was able to garner a single seat."
She said it was left to be seen if "this
one" was going to be different.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan says he will help
anyone, including Jack Warner s ILP party, that is
willing to provide health care services for citizens.
Khan was responding to Warner s plans to intro-
duce an "on-site doctors" service in the Chaguanas
West constituency on July 30.
The service will provide blood tests, IV fluids,
medication and chronic disease screening at the
homes of constituents.
Khan said any assistance one can give with health
care is a step in the right direction.
He said he would not consider Warner s initiative
a slap in the face for his ministry.
"I would consider it as assistance because we
have a very large need."
Khan said a lot of doctors go into private practice
and do not give much service in the public health
"When they are supposed to work from 8 am to
4 pm they don t. So if somebody wants to give this
service out of hours for absolutely no renumeration
people will stand to benefit."
Told that many people are speculating that Warn-
er s service was an invitation for him to join the ILP,
Khan said this was foolish to think.
"To utilise doctors to join a party....you don t have
to join a party to assist people of Trinidad and Toba-
go."Khan said once citizens are going to benefit he
would get on board.
Asked if this includes Warner s party, Khan said,
"What I am saying is, once the people of Trinidad
and Tobago and anybody makes a request for assis-
tance I help them because at the end of the day I
look at the long-term effects of health care for the
country. So anybody who asks, whatever party, I
will assist everybody because at the end of the day,
health has no political boundaries." Harris: Pope may visit T&T
Archbishop Joseph Harris, right, shakes hands with Msgr Robert A Llanos, who has been
appointed an auxiliary bishop by the Vatican to assist Harris in his duties during a media
conference at Archbishop House, Maraval Road, yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Analysts on Chaguanas West by-election...
'Votes can swing'
Fuad promises help
for ILP health camp
Political analyst Dr Indira Rampersad
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