Rorate Caeli

All Cubans, wherever you may be: remember your nation's true identity, Catholicism

... I greet with heartfelt affection all the faithful of the Catholic Church in Cuba, the beloved people of this beautiful island, and all Cubans wherever they may be.
I am pleased to share your joy as you celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the holy statue of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre. Since the beginning she has been very much present in the personal lives of Cubans as well as in the great events of the nation, especially since independence, for she is honoured by all as the true mother of the Cuban people. Devotion to the Virgen Mambisa has sustained the faith and inspired the defence and promotion of all that gives dignity to the human condition and its fundamental rights, and continues to do so today with ever greater strength, giving visible witness to the fruitfulness of the preaching of the Gospel in these lands, and to the profound Christian roots which shape the deepest identity of the Cuban soul....

I carry in my heart the just aspirations and legitimate desires of all Cubans, wherever they may be, their sufferings and their joys, their concerns and their noblest desires, those of the young and the elderly, of adolescents and children, of the sick and workers, of prisoners and their families, and of the poor and those in need. ...

Dear friends, I am convinced that Cuba, at this moment of particular importance in its history, is already looking to the future, and thus is striving to renew and broaden its horizons. Of great help in this enterprise will be the fine patrimony of spiritual and moral values which fashioned the nation’s true identity ... .
Benedict XVI
Santiago de Cuba
March 26, 2012


  1. It is good for the Pope to remind Cuba of her Catholic roots. What strikes me as tragic is that just as Cuba seems to be moving away from communism, the vacuum that will inevitably result will not be filled by a return to Catholicism. A healthy Church confident of her mission in the world could easily exploit such a golden opportunity. Alas, the Church today is far from healthy...

  2. I viewed on EWTN parts of the Papal Mass offered yesterday in Cuba.

    I heard a bit of Latin. Otherwise, much of what I encountered was, if you will, a Cuban Mass.

    Is there reason to believe that Popes, during their Apostolic travels, would someday offer Novus Ordo Masses that lean heavily upon Latin and Gregorian Chant?

  3. Gratias5:51 AM

    I am very grateful for Benedict XVI. As the world slides into universal socialism the Church seems to be our last hope. We have a leader comensurate to these trying times. We have a Holy man in charge. The Curia should not work him too hard. Long live Benedict XVI.

  4. My wife & I recently visited Havana in Cuba as part of a cruise. We tried desperately to find an open church to attend Holy Mass. Several churches we pointed out to us but were either museums or concert halls (viz St Francis near the cruise terminal). Even a convent chapel of the Brigittine nuns was locked. There were two open churches; one was Russian Orthodox and the other Greek Orthodox. The cathedral was too far away.


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