Last Saturday, June 9, S.E.R. Juan de la Caridad Cardenal García, Archbishop of Havana, presided over the Eucharistic celebration in the Pinareña cathedral of San Rosendo, attended as concelebrates by the current Bishop of the diocese, Archbishop Juan de Dios Hernández and his two emeritus bishops, Archbishops José Siro González Bacallao and Jorge Serpa.
This is the second diocese to visit the Cuban prelation after being created cardinal of the universal Church. Previously he was in Matanzas and soon he will go to Holguín and Camaguey, in the latter he will preside over the Mass on February 2nd, the feast of his patron saint, our Lady of the Candelaria.
The cardinal and archbishop of Havana blessed the lapmen and together with them sang the anthem of the westernmost province of Cuba, after the excitement caused by the dedication that two committed lay people made him a beautiful pectoral, which was elaborated by the Pinean craftsman, and Catholic, Noel Castillo López. To say of the current Bishop of Pinar del Río, Msgr. Juan de Dios Hernández, “with this work, the artist repudied in wood what the dear
pastor lives in his heart.”
As Pinar del Río is a diocese animated not only by its faithful, but by a large number of missionaries who come from various countries join in the evangelizing work of the Church in Cuba, the cardinal thanked God for his work. Thanks to them, he said, “our Church is in the hearts and in the house of the Pineans.”