Allocution Sunday, April 25, Fourth Sunday of Easter

In his Sunday allocution, Cardinal Juan de la Caridad García, Archbishop of Havana, recalled that God, like the Good Shepherd, knows us all, for He created us. “He goes before us so that we may walk his way, by which no one has ever been lost. He goes next to us, teaching us to be happy. He goes after us protecting us from the dangers of sin, from selfishness. He sends us his Holy Ghost so that when we reach the crossroads, we know which way to go.” In a special way he asked to pray for the messengers of peace and joy that God has sent to Cuba and that new apostles may emerge from our communities and families and increase vocations for priestly ministry, religious and missionary life. […]


Fourth Sunday of Easter

World Day of Prayer for Vocations joins the celebration of The Good Shepherd’s Sunday. In the midst of a society so in need of change and reform, in which no one is excluded or discarded, in which we are all inside, being all workers and architects of the present and the future, let us ask the good Father to send workers to his own; that there are young people who think of leaving everything for Jesus Christ and for the gospel, in the priesthood, consecrated or missionary life. We ask the Lord, aware that this prayer commits us to offer him who we are and have at the service of the Kingdom. How can I ask him without telling him: here I am for whatever you need me for? We also ask for all our shepherds. Pope Francis, our bishops, our priests… so that at all times and place they may reflect the kind and dedicated face of the Good Shepherd. […]


A new beginning

The interlocutor in Minari is both the Korean family that wants to placate itself in American soil and culture and the characters (people, climate, landscape…) with which he interacts in a story about family survival and cultural identity. […]


Allocution Sunday, April 18, third Easter Sunday

In the allocution of this third Easter Sunday, Cardinal Juan de la Caridad García, Archbishop of Havana recalled that once the apostles saw the Risen Christ, their doubts were cleared, they lost their fear, they were filled with immense joy, they felt the closeness of Jesus. He began to eat with them and opened their understanding to understand the scriptures. “So that our joy of understanding the words of the Risen One may increase, we eat with Him, just as the apostles ate with Christ,” he said. While described Mass as a great feast, the cardinal and archbishop called for participation in it and communion. “Thus we join Christ and can say as St Paul, ‘I live, but not I, it is Christ who lives in me.’ And when difficulties and problems come, we will act with the joy of the Risen Christ.” […]


Third Easter Sunday

In a world and moment as convulsive as the one we live in, in visibly contradictory societies, we must ask much of the Lord to also open our understanding to us, as to the disciples of today’s gospel. Not only to understand the scriptures, the mystery of his passion, death, and resurrection, the “was necessary” or the “had to be like this”; also to understand the reality that surrounds us, the world in which we live, the society around us. To know how we are to act, in the desire and challenge to be your faithful and credible witnesses, taking the necessary risks and avoiding sterile recklessness. May the strength of his Spirit and the light of his loving presence always remain the coordinates in which we sustain our daily walk. […]

Imagen antigua de la Ermita de Potosí.

How to deal with the Church and colonial power

We share with our readers the brief history of two 17th-century capuchins, who preached against slaveholders in a poor hermitage in Guanabacoa. These are the young Br. Francisco José de Jaca, Aragonese, and the French or Burgundy Fr. Epifanio de Moirans, who were imprisoned for their performance, without plugging, and then deported to Spain. And they were not reduced to preaching or the written word: the silence of the confessional was, so to speak, one of his most effective accomplice grandstands. A simple metal plate, placed on May 18, 2007, in the old hermitage of santo Cristo del Potosí in Guanabacoa (Havana), has since recalled its relatively brief passage through Cuba. […]


The presence that lifts

With six Oscar nominations, “The Father”, (Florian Zeller, 2020), win in the section that is or leaves without any prize of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it will remain one of those unforgettable dramas, however hard and beautiful, where existential twilight is accompanied with great desire by love. With excellent performances, the film insists on the necessary presence of the children or one of them in the house, as a consolation for parents who have already aged. It is then worth thinking of the elders who are isolated or abandoned by their nearest beings. According to Pope Francis, this gesture, in addition to mutilating and impoverishing the family, “deprives young people of that necessary contact with their roots and with a wisdom that youth alone cannot attain”. […]

Alocución Segundo Domingo de Pascua

Second Easter Sunday’s Allocution

Cardinal Juan de la Caridad García, Archbishop of Havana, in his Sunday allocution greeted the faithful with the same phrase of the risen one to the apostles: “Peace to you”. He remembered that peace comes from knowing that God loves us, and if He loves us there is no need to fear or be afraid. “Peace, he said, comes from feeling that the mission that God has entrusted to us in the family, in the Church, in society, we can fulfill it despite many difficulties, because God himself has given us gifts to fulfill what is in charge. And whenever God gives a gift he gives it as a task.”