Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/11/2011 (4 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Pope will visit island nation in connection with the 400th anniversary of the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre

Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Communist-run island of Cuba in spring of 2012. It will be the first trip to Cuba by a pontiff since John Paul II's historic tour in 1998. The exact date of the trip, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Cuba's patron saint, the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre will be announced in Rome next week.

'It will be a moment for energizing the faith in Cuba. It will give strength and vigor to the faith in Cuba,' Monsignor Jose Felix Perez, executive secretary of the Cuban Bishops Conference said. 'The visit should be one of peace and reconciliation.'

"It will be a moment for energizing the faith in Cuba. It will give strength and vigor to the faith in Cuba," Monsignor Jose Felix Perez, executive secretary of the Cuban Bishops Conference said. "The visit should be one of peace and reconciliation."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/11/2011 (4 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Cuba, Mexico, Pope Benedict XVI, Virgin of Caridad del Cobre


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "It will be a moment for energizing the faith in Cuba. It will give strength and vigor to the faith in Cuba," Monsignor Jose Felix Perez, executive secretary of the Cuban Bishops Conference said. "The visit should be one of peace and reconciliation."

Perez said the pontiff had "a special affection toward the people of Cuba for the social conditions in our country."

The Catholic Church has played an increasingly important part in Cuba in recent years, helping negotiate the release of political prisoners in 2009 and 2010. The church has also consulted with Cuban President Raul Castro and his advisers on free-market changes he is implementing in the nation.

The pope also is also considering a visit to Mexico, and the December 12 date for announcing the schedule for his trip coincides with celebrations of Mexico's patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Benedict has chiefly limited his travels to mostly Europe, although he did visit Brazil in 2007 and has said he hopes to return in 2013 for World Youth Day, the church's youth festival. Benedict also he has a trip to Benin coming up later this month, his second to Africa in his six-year-pontificate.

After the 1959 Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro increased anti-clerical actions across the nation. Authorities discouraged Christmas celebrations, closed religious schools in 1962 and barred Communist Party membership to people of religious belief.

After the Cold War, Cuba removed references to atheism from the constitution in the 1990s and allowed believers of all faiths to join the party.

When Pope John Paul visited in 1998, Castro shed his trademark olive-green fatigues for a business suit and tie and to greet the pope personally at the airport.

On the eve of the visit, Cuba's Catholic bishops on Thursday issued a call for rapprochement and reconciliation among Cubans during the coming year. A Cuban Church leader says that the pope would meet government officials during his visit.

"Reunion and reconciliation among Cubans should be one fruit of the Jubilee Year as a result, in each one of us, of a change in mentality and attitude toward our neighbor," the bishop's conference said in a statement.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Europe

'Our meeting is the message': Pope Francis' historical meeting with top Sunni imam Watch

Image of

By Ann Schneible (CNA/EWTN News)

Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam Sheik Ahmed Muhammad Al-Tayyib during a meeting at the Vatican, a move which is being seen as a step toward reopening dialogue between Christians and Sunni Muslims. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - "Our meeting is the ... continue reading


'It will be a first': Pope Francis to meet Sunni Islamic leader Watch

Image of Pope Francis will meet Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb this week (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis has decided to meet with Sunni Islam's Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb on Monday. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told AFP, "This audience is being prepared and has been scheduled for Monday. It will be a first."The pontiff's ... continue reading


Bizzare! Europe to release documentary on 'Human Pups' Watch

Image of 'Spot' is a 'human pup' to be featured in the new documentary (ZentaiSpot/Twitter).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In what most claim is a non-sexual "dog play," human pups have become the latest rage to spread across the UK - so much so that a new documentary will reveal the inner workings of the human pups' lives. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Channel 4, the ... continue reading


You won't believe what this Christian artwork reveals about Da Vinci! Watch

Image of Leonardo da Vinci's art may help researchers unveil his DNA (Pinterest).

By (CNA/EWTN News)

Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, Adoration of the Magi, will soon be undergoing testing that could help digitally reconstruct the artist's face and offer clues about his life and health. Florence, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - According to the U.K. outlet Sky News, ... continue reading


London boasts first Muslim Mayor despite racial and religious tensions Watch

Image of Sadiq Khan has become London's first Muslim Mayor (Wikipedia).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Islamophobia spreads as ISIS continues its terror attacks - but one city has taken a step toward accepting the fact that not all Muslims are terrorists. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - London has elected its first Muslim Mayor. Sadiq Khan won with 56.8 percent of ... continue reading


'The Evil': Exorcism classes forced on Spanish students Watch

Image of Spanish students were forced to take an exorcism class (Brendan Hoffman).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Anyone who has ever been in college knows there is a list of required classes to take before you are eligible for graduation. Some classes seem unnecessary, such as a Chemistry major forced to take art classes, but what if universities and colleges required exorcism ... continue reading


28 killed in refugee camp targeted by Assad's missiles Watch

Image of Innocent civilians targeted by Assad despite temporary cease-fire (AP).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Humanitarian group reported airstrikes targeting a refugee camp full of innocent men, women and children during a cease-fire. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Syrian refugee camp erected near the Turkish ... continue reading


Vatican under investigation - 5,000 bank accounts closed Watch

Image of Vatican auditors make move after three-year investigation (Pinterest).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Vatican auditors closed nearly 5,000 suspected Vatican bank accounts on suspicion of tax evasion. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The scandal includes a three-year investigation of 544 suspected transactions mainly involving tax evasion.To meet international ... continue reading


MASONS HACKED! Secrets of the Masons spilled - French media to expose highest-ranking Masons Watch

Image of The Masons have been hacked. A secret dump of documents will reveal their secrets to the world.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Hackers have just released thousands of documents in a new document dump to the media, this time, they contain the secrets of the Masons. The data dump is known as "Masonleaks" and journalists say it will take several months to complete their review of the documents. ... continue reading


Belgian minister warns against offending Muslims, wait until you see the scary reason why! Watch

Image of Muslims take over a Parisian street for prayers.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A Belgian minister has a telling warning for his country as hearings begin into the Brussels attack that killed 32 people at an airport in March.  The reason for the warning is quite compelling. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A Belgian minister is warning ... continue reading


All Europe News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Peter 4:7-13
7 The end of all things is near, so keep your minds calm and sober for ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 96:10, 11-12, 13
10 Say among the nations, 'Yahweh is king.' The world is set firm, it ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 11:11-26
11 He entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple; and when he had ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 27th, 2016 Image

St. Augustine of Canterbury
May 27: At the end of the sixth century anyone would have ... Read More