Roman Catholic priest robbed at gunpoint while praying

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – A Roman Catholic priest, who has been working with young people to help rid Trinidad and Tobago of criminal activity was robbed at gunpoint as he prayed at a Church in the capital on Monday.

Police confirmed that Father Clyde Harvey was robbed by three men as he prayed at the Holy Rosary/St. Martin’s Church in East Port-of-Spain by two men at around 6 a.m. (local time) on Monday.

Father Harvey was reported to have spent the night at the church to prepare for a seminar at The Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs, Mount St Benedict.

The bandits tied up Father Harvey, ransacked the presbytery and took $1000, a mobile phone and other items from the church before making their escape.

The assailants also threatened to kill the priest.

Father Harvey managed to escape and made his way to a parishioner’s home where he contacted Archbishop Joseph Harris and the Police Service.

Father Harvey is parish priest at the church and the police have so far given no further details of the robbery.

The priest, who previously a chaplain at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and parish priest in the volatile Laventille/Morvant area, is actively involved in social and community programmes.

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