In his role as a high-ranking U.S. church leader visiting during a time of tense political waters in his country toward Cuba, Cardinal Timothy Dolan offered the only things he could to those gathered for Mass there that day: his presence, his gratitude, solidarity as a Christian and trust that God, along with Jesus and Mary, is with them.
ith one of the most important Marian feasts in Cuba falling just one week after it was announced Sept. 1 that he would be made a cardinal, Cardinal-designate Juan Garcia Rodriguez said he took the news as a sign of Mary’s maternal love.
Pope Francis met with the 13 bishops from Cuba during the “ad limina” visit that bishops are required to make to the Vatican and heard of a church in need of missionaries, priests, religious men and women.
“His death provokes many emotions — both in and outside the island. Nevertheless, beyond all possible emotions, the passing of this figure should lead us to invoke the patroness of Cuba, the Virgin of Charity, asking for peace for Cuba and its people,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski said.
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