Archbishop Harris back in hospital
Wednesday, December 11 2013
Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph Harris is back in hospital for treatment for an infection, a month after he had prostate surgery.
Harris, 71, was readmitted on Monday to St Clair Medical Centre, Port-of-Spain where he had a four-hour surgery on November 11. He was discharged on November 18, and the diagnosis for recovery was three to four weeks.
In a statement last evening, Catholic Media Services Ltd (CAMSEL) reported Harris began feeling unwell on Monday and returned to St Clair Medical Centre where has been treated for an infection and is warded in a stable condition.
“It is hoped that with medication, further rest and monitoring he will make a full recovery. The Archdiocese has been asked to continue praying for his recovery,” CAMSEL stated.
Harris was due to preside at celebrations at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church in Curepe on Monday evening when the Archdiocese celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and marked the official start of the diocesan enquiry into the cause of beatification of Archbishop Anthony Pantin.
Harris made his first public appearance after his surgery on November 30, participating in Holy Mass at the Pro-Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, San Fernando, during the visit of Vatican official, Italian Cardinal Fernando Filoni delivered the homily. In a Newsday interview on December 2, Harris said he was doing well and thanked all who have been praying for him. He commented then on the importance of Cardinal Filoni’s historic visit and the local church’s inquiry into the life of late Archbishop Pantin as part of a process that could lead to Pantin being declared a saint of the Catholic church. He had also resumed public engagements, even speaking in media interviews about the recent child murders and the death of the late president of South Africa Nelson Mandela