Cuban Faces 2017: José Conrado Rodríguez Alegre, Priest

14ymedio, Havana, 30 December 2017 — More than a man who believes, the priest José Conrado Rodríguez Alegre (b. 1951, San Luis, Santiago de Cuba) is a human being who overflows with credibility from every pore of his skin. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 and since then he has managed to reconcile, … Continue reading “Cuban Faces 2017: José Conrado Rodríguez Alegre, Priest”

Jose Conrado: “I ask Pope Francisco to be firm with the rulers.” / Ramiro Pellet Lastra

An interview with Father José Conrado, from Cuba, by La Nacion newspaper. By Ramiro Pellet Lastra  | LA NACION   José Conrado describes himself as a “small-town priest.” But from his parish in Santiago de Cuba, or in the colonial city of Trinidad, to where he was transferred, he throws verbal darts with a “language of … Continue reading “Jose Conrado: “I ask Pope Francisco to be firm with the rulers.” / Ramiro Pellet Lastra”

Letter from Padre Jose Conrado to the First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party re the Victims of Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba

Mr. Lázaro Expósito First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party in Santiago de Cuba Mr. Secretary: I am writing to you in your capacity as the highest political authority in our province of Santiago de Cuba. I am aware that, given the hierarchical structure of the Church, by rights it is not for me to … Continue reading “Letter from Padre Jose Conrado to the First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party re the Victims of Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba”

The Pope’s Resignation / Father Jose Conrado

Pope Benedict XVI never ceases to amaze us. His recent resignation is another of those surprises on this fragile seeming pope made of sturdy fiber. He has surprised us since his rise to the papacy, with his marked difference from his predecessor, with whom he was such a close collaborator. Who could follow in the … Continue reading “The Pope’s Resignation / Father Jose Conrado”

To My Cuban Brothers and Sisters in Exile / Padre Jose Conrado Rodriguez Alegre

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In Santiago de Cuba it is just dawning. Today, Friday October 26, 2012, just 48 hours after the horrible devastation left behind Hurricane Sandy, I got up early to pray and write. Amid the sadness for so many families left destitute, as Eliseo Diego said of the man with the bundle … Continue reading “To My Cuban Brothers and Sisters in Exile / Padre Jose Conrado Rodriguez Alegre”

Fr. José Conrado to Raúl Castro Ruz

Open Letter to General of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba Written by: Fr. José Conrado 5 February 2009 Dear Mr. President: Fifteen years ago I dared to write to the then head of the Cuban State, Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz, president of our country. The gravity of that hour … Continue reading “Fr. José Conrado to Raúl Castro Ruz”

Padre Jose Conrado: The Enormous Importance of Our Not Remaining Silent / Ernesto Morales Licea

In July of this year, a humble Cuban priest received a prize of international scope which, although it never appeared in the national press, became known to us with suspicious speed. Father José Conrado Rodríguez Alegría, pastor of the church “Saint Therese of the Child Jesus,” in Santiago de Cuba, was awarded the Prize of … Continue reading “Padre Jose Conrado: The Enormous Importance of Our Not Remaining Silent / Ernesto Morales Licea”

Obama Made The Mistake Of “Giving In Without Demanding,” Regrets Father Conrado

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 4 November 2017 — The Catholic priest José Conrado Rodríguez, parish priest of the church of San Francisco de Paula in Trinidad, visited Miami last week to present his book Dreams and Nightmares of a Priest in Cuba. On the way to Miami’s Ermita de la Caridad, where he planned to offer … Continue reading “Obama Made The Mistake Of “Giving In Without Demanding,” Regrets Father Conrado”

Padre Conrado: “The Church has the responsibility of accompanying the people in new pathways” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 8 November 2015 –To a long list of awards and accolades received by the priest José Conrado Rodríguez Alegre, the Patmos Institute Prize has been added, awarded last week by the Baptist church. The pastor said that in his life he has made “a personal journey of great friendship with my Protestant … Continue reading “Padre Conrado: “The Church has the responsibility of accompanying the people in new pathways” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Father Conrado: Evangelist or Politico? / CID

By Karel Becerra * The compatriot José Conrado Rodríguez Alegre, known as Father Conrado, Catholic but above all Cuban, visited Argentina and among his activities he met in Buenos Aires with a group of Cubans and Argentinians who carry Cuba in their hearts. I went to the meeting with great interest because the Father Conrado … Continue reading “Father Conrado: Evangelist or Politico? / CID”

Father Conrado’s Last Mass at Santa Teresita / Reinaldo Escobar

Minutes before officiating his last Mass in St. Teresita Church in Santiago de Cuba Father Jose Conrado went to visit the Sanctuary of El Cobre. There, at the foot of the Virgin of Charity, on his knees, he prayed silently. Then he stood up, sang and prayed to the patron saint of Cuba. Noticeably moved, … Continue reading “Father Conrado’s Last Mass at Santa Teresita / Reinaldo Escobar”

Three Priests Ask Raúl Castro For Real Elections To “Avoid Violent Changes”

14ymedio, Havana, 24 January 2018 — Three Catholic priests have addressed a letter to President Raul Castro in which they ask the president to let Cubans “choose in freedom,” not vote. In this way, the priests warn, the island will have “different” political options to “prevent that one day, given whatever circumstances, Cuba is submerged in … Continue reading “Three Priests Ask Raúl Castro For Real Elections To “Avoid Violent Changes””

Letter to Raul Castro from Three Cuban Priests

To Raúl Castro Ruz on the 20th anniversary of the Mass for the Homeland celebrated by Saint John Paul II and the words of Bishop Pedro Meurice at Antonio Maceo Plaza in Santiago de Cuba, on January 24, 1998. On the first of January, the 59th anniversary of the triumph of a Revolution was commemorated. A … Continue reading “Letter to Raul Castro from Three Cuban Priests”

Cuba: Faces Of The Year 2017

14ymedio, Havana, 24 December 2017 — As we do every year, we have selected a list of 14 people who have stood out over the last twelve months within the Island. People who, through art, music, activism, a sports discipline, politics or from any another sphere, have left a mark. With their drive and determination … Continue reading “Cuba: Faces Of The Year 2017”