The message which was received by Port of Spain Archbishop Joseph Harris states:
"To His Excellency Dr George Maxwell Richards,
President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain.
"I am pleased to send cordial greetings to Your Excellency
and to all your fellow citizens
on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the nation's Independence Day.
Invoking Almighty God's abundant blessings upon your country,
"I pray that the people of Trinidad and Tobago
will continue to promote the common good in a spirit of peace,
justice, and solidarity."