Spirituality

Evangelical churches against sex education being taught in schools

The Trinidad and Tobago Council of Evangelical Churches says it strongly disapproves of the statement by the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Shamfa Cudjoe, that sex education should be taught in schools.

"It is of the opinion, that because of the sensitive nature of the issue, it should be left in the hands of parents," the council said in a statement today.

Spiritual leader of Sanatan Dhar­ma Ma­ha Sab­ha passes

Dhar­ma­charya of the Sanatan Dhar­ma Ma­ha Sab­ha, Pun­dit Ut­tam Ma­haraj has passed away.

Pundit Maharaj, of Rousillac Village, was initiated as Dharmachaya - Hindu spiritual leader - by India’s Swami Divyananda Teerth at the Maha Sabha headquarters in St Augustine in 2005.

The 70-year-old spiritual head passed away this morning.

Secretary General of the Maha Sabha Sat Maharaj confirmed the passing to CNC3.

Maharaj described his spiritual leader as a pious and committed man. 

Maharaj said he and the rest of the Maha Saba are in shock over the news.

PM: Divali, much more than lighting deyas

"Di­vali en­cour­ages pu­ri­ty, not just in the clean­ing of our homes, but in the pu­rifi­ca­tion of our hearts and our minds," ac­cord­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley.

In a mes­sage to Hin­dus who will cel­e­brate the Fes­ti­val of Lights to­mor­row, the Prime Min­is­ter, in a state­ment said: "Such pu­ri­ty ex­tends to the way in which we in­ter­act with our nat­ur­al and phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, the strate­gies we em­ploy to con­serve our most vi­tal re­sources and the life changes we em­brace to­wards achiev­ing per­son­al goals."

International: Pope condemns child sex abuse

Pope Francis has condemned the "atrocities" of child sex abuse and clerical cover-ups in a letter to the world's 1.2bn Roman Catholics.

The letter to "the People of God" calls for an end to the "culture of death" in the Church, addresses failures to deal with abuse and asks for forgiveness.

Last week a grand jury report detailed seven decades of abuse in Pennsylvania.

The landmark investigation found more than 1,000 identifiable minors had been abused by 300 priests in the US state.

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