Friday, September 30, 2011

Catholic Cuba

La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

After decades of trying, Communism could not snuff out Catholicism in Cuba. From TIME:
It's been a year of resurrection for Cuba's Roman Catholic Church. Last November, it opened a new seminary - the first since Fidel Castro's communist revolution all but shut down the church 50 years ago. In May, Cuba's bishops finished brokering the release of 115 political prisoners. Though education is strictly the role of the regime, Catholic dioceses have been able to expand their training of teachers, civic leaders and entrepreneurs - they even offer that iconic capitalist degree, the M.B.A. A statue of Cuba's Catholic patroness, La Virgen de la Caridad (Our Lady of Charity), is being hailed by large, devoted crowds as it tours the island before her 400th anniversary next year. "It demonstrates a spiritual desire in Cubans," Cardinal Jaime Ortega, Cuba's top prelate, told me. It is, he adds, "a return to God."

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