- Feb 26, 2021
The Church in Cuba is warning against politicizing religious festivals after events surrounding the Feast of Our Lady of El Cobre (Our Lady of Charity), the patroness of the island.
Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Cuba died Friday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 83.
Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami recalls the persecution of Catholics in Cuba. “Fidel Castro is dead,” he wrote. “The death of this figure should lead us to invoke the patroness of Cuba, the Virgin of Charity, calling for peace for Cuba and its people.”
At St. Brendan Catholic Church in a Miami suburb, there was no overt mention of Castro, but during the Prayers of the Faithful, one of the two priests prayed for “an end to communism, especially in Cuba and Venezuela.”
Pope Francis reacted to the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro with a telegram, offering his condolences to the Castro family but avoiding words that could be perceived as direct praise of Castro’s Socialist regime.
The Jesuit-educated Fidel Castro rejected the Church of his childhood following the 1959 Cuban revolution, and for two decades never met a bishop. But then came a book-long interview with a Brazilian friar, and growing closeness between Church and state in Cuba — as well as tantalizing signs that Castro was seeking reconciliation with his Catholic faith.