Tag Archives: Catholic Church

April 22, 2015

Pope Francis confirms visit to Cuba before US trip

The Guardian — Pope Francis, who played a key role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, will visit Cuba in September ahead of a scheduled visit to the US, the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday. His visit to the communist-ruled island that has many Roman Catholics will be the third… read more »

April 16, 2015

Pope Francis Considers Stop in Cuba as Part of U.S. Trip

Francis X. Rocca, Wall Street Journal — Pope Francis is considering a visit to Cuba when he travels to the U.S. in September, said a person familiar with the situation, a move that would provide political support to both nations’ controversial attempts to restore diplomatic ties after more than a half century…. read more »

October 27, 2014

Cuba builds first new church in 55 years

The Associated Press — Cuba has allowed construction of the country’s first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it’s a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba’s communist government. The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Fla., will be built… read more »

August 18, 2014

Pope Eyes Fast Beatification For Salvador’s Romero

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press — Pope Francis opened the way Monday to a quick beatification for Oscar Romero, saying there are no more doctrinal problems blocking the process for the slain Salvadoran archbishop who is one of the heroes of the liberation theology movement in Latin America. Romero, the archbishop of… read more »

August 11, 2014

Cuban Catholics hope to build first new church since 1959 revolution

Sarah Rainsford, BBC News — On a hill behind Cuba’s most important Catholic shrine, there is a heap of steel bars lying in the long grass. They look abandoned, but the 25 tonnes of scrap metal are at the heart of a major religious recycling project – the plan is to… read more »

July 2, 2014

El Salvador Update: June 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, junio 2014

On June 1st, Salvador Sánchez Cerén was sworn in as President of El Salvador with all due pomp and ceremony. The former guerrilla commander’s acceptance speech was widely praised as conciliatory, and the exuberant President later told supporters, “I struggled for 50 years for my dreams, and now I am here, President of the Republic!”

July 2, 2014

El Salvador: Informe mensual, junio 2014

El 1° de junio, Salvador Sánchez Cerén se juramentó como Presidente de El Salvador con toda la fastuosidad y los actos ceremoniales del caso. En general, el discurso de investidura del ex comandante de la guerrilla recibió elogios por su tono conciliador. Posteriormente, el exuberante mandatario manifestó a sus partidarios lo siguiente: “Yo luché 50 años por mis sueños ¡y ahora estoy acá como Presidente de la República!”

June 13, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Lots – we mean LOTS – of polling on Cuba!

This week, when the Miami Herald released its survey of 400 registered voters in Miami-Dade County, it contained startling results, including a finding that the Cuba issue is not having much effect on Florida’s race for governor.  (This is not something you would have guessed reading the Herald’s headline: Cuban voters weigh Crist down in… read more »

June 11, 2014

Longtime editors out at Cuban Catholic magazine

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press — The top two editors of the Cuban Roman Catholic Church’s influential magazine Espacio Laical are no longer working for what is one of the few independent media outlets on the island, the publication and one of the editors said Wednesday. Espacio Laical is a rare local… read more »

May 16, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Tilting at Windmills

At a time when Russia is strengthening its security alliance with Cuba and the European Union is moving to replace its Common Position of isolation with intensified diplomatic engagement, why is the United States still tilting at the windmills of the Cold War? *** When our Cuba program began visiting… read more »