Pope Francis met briefly today with a delegation of four British Muslim clerics and praised their contribution to dialogue between different faiths and cultures.
“I like to think that the most important job we have to do between us, as humanity, is done with our ears, by listening,” Francis told the four-man group as he greeted them warmly at the Vatican for a private audience.
“The ability to listen is so important. Those who have it speak softly, quietly. Those that don’t talk loudly, shout even.
The power and inspirational advocacy of the Spiritual Shouter Baptist Faith to change the world, to make it a better place and to make us better people, must not be lost upon us. In celebrating Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day 2017, we recognise the rights of citizens big and small to practise their religious beliefs in keeping with international fundamental benchmark human rights standards.
"Each year on this day (March 30 ) our Nation recognises and celebrates the triumph of our Spiritual Shouter Baptist community to openly and freely practice their religion.
On this day we remember the oppression, struggle and humiliation of a group of people whose only ‘crime’ was a desire to praise God in their own way, as was afforded to other segments in the country.
Today the practitioners of the religion, described as indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago, may sing, pray, read the Bible, clap and shout without fear of punishment.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says there is a lot this country can learn from the experiences of Spiritual Baptists.
She made the comment in her message in recognition of Shouter Baptists Liberation Day.
"On behalf of the Opposition and my family, I extend greetings to the entire Spiritual Shouter Baptist Community as we commemorate and celebrate Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day 2017.