Archive for the ‘Cubans’ Category

Blessed Jose Olallo Valdez

November 29, 2008

As I mentioned here earlier, today marked the beatification of Blessed Jose Olallo Valdez in Cuba.  He is Cuba’s second native blessed (the first was beatified just last year, though it occurred in Spain). 

One bit of news to come out of the event was the attendance of Cuban President Raul Castro.  That’s significant in a nation that has been officially atheist, and strongly anti-Catholic in practice, for decades.

Here’s an article on a miraculous cure associated with Blessed Jose’s cause.

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Cuban beatification in 10 days: Jose Olallo Valdez

November 19, 2008

Church to Hold First Beatification on Cuban Soil

HAVANA – The Roman Catholic Church will celebrate its first beatification on Cuban soil later this month.

The Archdiocese of Havana’s magazine says the Nov. 29 ceremony declaring Friar José Olallo Valdes blessed will be in Camagüey, where he died at age 69.

(Full article here.)

A Patron for the People of Cuba

February 24, 2008

As historic changes occur this week in Cuba, ones which relate directly to matters of religion and human rights (among other things, obviously), we should keep the nation and its people in our prayers.  One place to turn for this prayer should certainly be St. Anthony Claret (1807-1870), the 200th anniversary of whose birth passed quietly unnoticed by most of us this this past Christmas eve.

A significant part of St. Anthony’s ministry during his time on earth was given to the care of the people of Cuba: he served as the Archbishop of Santiago in Cuba for six years.  Certainly he continues to watch over her people still today.  Not only that, St. Anthony was a heroic defender of human rights and social justice, especially during those Cuba years.  He’d be a clear choice as patron of any people suffering under any kind of oppression or exploitation.

My article on St. Anthony Claret appears in the new issue (March/April 2008) of The Catholic Answer.  Have a look, if you get the chance.