Posts Tagged ‘Cuba’

First Catholic church since Cuban revolution opens Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019

The first Catholic church built since the 1959 Cuban revolution opened on Saturday. “To see this finished is like coming out of the night into the day,” Fr. Cirilo Castro, the Cuban priest who oversaw construction of the church says. “We knew it would happen one day.” Read more Related Posts:Reject the redefinition of marriageTwenty Read more

Reject the redefinition of marriage Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Cubans should reject the redefinition of marriage. They should find “other legal ways” to protect gay unions, Cuban archbishop Dionisio Garcia says. Garcia was responding to efforts made by Cuban dictator Raúl Castro’s daughter Mariela, who is pressing to have gay marriage legalised in Cuba. This means marriage will need to be legally redefined. Castro Read more

Twenty priests died in plane crash Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Twenty priests were among the 113 people killed when a plane crashed outside Havana last Friday. The evangelical pastors were all from the Nazarene Church in the eastern region of Cuba, Maite Quesada. They had been at a meeting in Havana and were returning to the province of Holguin when the crash occurred. According to Read more

The Western bias inherent in disaster reporting Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

In his classic 1986 study of mainstream American media’s coverage of natural disaster reporting around the world, William C. Adams concluded that the death of one Italian equalled that of three Romanians, nine Latin Americans, 11 Middle Easterners or 12 Asians. Unsurprisingly, he found the media weighted in favour of Western interests. Reporting also showed Read more

Cuba has first new Catholic church for decades Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

A new Catholic church in Cuba is being built – the first for 60 years. Funding for the church is being donated by a parish in Florida, USA. Father Ramon Hernandez, who with his parishioners bankrolled the project, says he is looking forward to the inauguration Mass taking place early next year. Hernandez, who comes Read more

Cuba and Catholicism and the post-Castro period – where to now? Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Cuba and the post-Fidel Castro Catholic church could begin a new relationship. The late Cuban leader had a volatile connection with the Catholic church. Major changes to Cuba’s one-party Communist system are predicted. Castro’s brother, Raul, has led Cuba since 2006 when illness forced Fidel to retire. He has released dozens of political prisoners under Read more

What relationship did Castro have with the church? Comments 0

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The relationship Fidel Castro had with the Church has often often speculated about Pope Francis’s condolence message to Raul Castro expressed his “sentiments of grief”. He promised to pray for Fidel. Jesuit-educated, Fidel Castro followed a Marxist-Leninist ideology. Believing the Church was a state enemy, he declared Cuba an atheist state. He seized all Cuba’s Read more

The surprising history of the patron saint of Cuba Comments 0

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

A minor miracle occurred on a dark train platform in a provincial Cuban town in 1981. I had been a Cuban-American exile for two decades, and had managed to wrangle a visa to visit my sick mother. After seeing her, I had traveled to the train station with some unfinished business. The middle-aged woman in Read more

Pope and Patriarch appeal for reconciliation and unity Comments 0

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill have issued a deep and thorough call for reconciliation and unity amongst their two traditions. The two leaders met for 135 minutes in Cuba on February 12. It was the first meeting of this kind for nearly 1000 years. A joint statement was issued, in which Francis and Kirill Read more

Pope and Russian Orthodox head to have historic meeting Comments 0

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Pope Francis is to meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on February 12 in Cuba in what is an historic first meeting between leaders of their two churches. The meeting, which is expected to take two hours, will take place when the Pope is en route to Mexico, the Vatican announced. A statement from the Vatican Read more