Open Letter From a Cuban Priest to Vladimir Putin

14ymedio, José Conrado Rodríguez Alegre, Trinidad, Cuba, 2 April 2022 — The person who is writing to you is a Cuban Catholic priest, pastor of the parish of Paula, in the city of Trinidad. Since February 24 I have been waiting for the news that arrives from Ukraine and I do not stop praying for that … Continue reading “Open Letter From a Cuban Priest to Vladimir Putin”

‘We do not want to see the police beat their own people again,’ Say Cuban Priests

14ymedio, Havana, 10 November 2021 — “We do not want to see the police beat their own people again,” 15 Cuban Catholic priests say in a letter released this Wednesday, with less than a week remaining before for the Peaceful March for Change. “We do not want blood to be shed again,” or “to hear gunshots again,” insist the priests, “that is … Continue reading “‘We do not want to see the police beat their own people again,’ Say Cuban Priests”

Open letter to Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 17 July 2021   Mr. President, Nobody, except psychopaths, likes to be perceived as an inducer of terror. That changed abruptly on Sunday, July 11. Esteban Ventura and Conrado Carratalá, two famous murderers in the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, returned at full speed and mingled with the revolutionaries. The story … Continue reading “Open letter to Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel”

“We Don’t Know What is Going to Happen in Cuba, But Something is Going to Happen”

14ymedio, Havana, 13 May 2021 — An voice uncomfortable for some, necessary for others, the Catholic priest José Conrado Rodríguez Alegre placed himself in the eye of the hurricane when, in 1994, he wrote a public letter to Fidel Castro pointing out that he was responsible for the national disaster. Since then, he has been counseled … Continue reading ““We Don’t Know What is Going to Happen in Cuba, But Something is Going to Happen””

What The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Taught Me

14ymedio, José Conrado Rodríguez Alegre, Trinidad, Cuba, 24 May 2020 — When the Covid-19 pandemic was declared in Cuba, it was precisely in the city of Trinidad, where I lived and worked as a Catholic priest for just over seven years, where the epidemic began: three Italian tourists and one North American were the first … Continue reading “What The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Taught Me”

Jaime Ortega, Cardinal of the Thaw, Dies in Havana

Luz Escobar and Mario J. Penton, Havana/Miami, 26 July 2019– Cardinal Jaime Ortega (1936-2019), a key figure in the secret talks that led to the reestablishment of relations between the United States and Cuba, died at age 82 on 26 July in Havana, after a long illness, according to ecclesiastical sources. “Jaime Ortega was a … Continue reading “Jaime Ortega, Cardinal of the Thaw, Dies in Havana”

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”

“This Soul of a Wounded People is The Worst Thing That Castroism Has Left Us”

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 27 October 2017 — “The Catholic Church in Cuba has a future of hope because despite the forces that have wanted to sow hatred in the Cuban nation, love has always triumphed.” This was the central message of Father José Conrado Rodríguez, presbyter of the church of San Francisco de Paula in … Continue reading ““This Soul of a Wounded People is The Worst Thing That Castroism Has Left Us””

Mass Celebrated At Ladies In White Headquarters ‘For The Freedom Of The Cuban People’

14ymedio, Havana, 18 June 2017 — On Monday afternoon, in the presence of 27 people, priests Jose Conrado Rodríguez and Castor Álvarez celebrated a mass at the Ladies in White headquarters Havana’s Lawton neighborhood. Berta Soler, leader of the women’s group, explained via telephone that they gathered at the building with “a lot of discretion” … Continue reading “Mass Celebrated At Ladies In White Headquarters ‘For The Freedom Of The Cuban People’”

Fidel Has Died but Castroism Has Not / Somos+, Joanna Columbié

Somos+, Joanna Columbié, 2 December 2016 — It has been announced on any number of occasions — much anticipated by many and feared by others — but the death of Fidel Castro is now a reality. Nothing can delay it and nothing can stop it. However, there is something that lives on after his death which … Continue reading “Fidel Has Died but Castroism Has Not / Somos+, Joanna Columbié”

Cuban Faces of 2015: Dionisio Guillermo García Ibáñez, Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 29 December 2015 — He was working as an electrical engineer specializing in telecommunications when, in 1980, he decided to assume the habit. Dionisio Guillermo García Ibáñez was born in 1945, and as a deacon did his first outstanding work alongside Father Jose Conrado Rodriguez in the preparations for the Cuban Ecclesial Reflection, which … Continue reading “Cuban Faces of 2015: Dionisio Guillermo García Ibáñez, Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba / 14ymedio”

Quo Vadis* Francis? / Mario Lleonart

Those of us who lived through the repressive crackdown that took place in Cuba in 2012 during the visit of Benedict XVI have never received a response from the Vatican, although it was informed of the facts. Jose Conrado—the priest who is a maverick within the Catholic Church in Cuba, like a modern-day Father Bartolome … Continue reading “Quo Vadis* Francis? / Mario Lleonart”

Cuba Awaits the Pope in Record Heat and Repression / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, 17 September 2015 — For Nicolás Sarmientos, 73, making his usual rounds between the farm market, the bodega and the carters who sell fruits and vegetables in Havana is almost an extreme sport. Although in theory we are knocking on the door of autumn, in Cuba the thermometers are soaring. The Meteorological Institute announced … Continue reading “Cuba Awaits the Pope in Record Heat and Repression / Ivan Garcia”