This Tuesday, September 10, at the Santa Metropolitana Iglesia Catedral in Havana, a mass was celebrated for the eternal rest of the dear Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino, who died on July 26th.
The religious ceremony was presided over by Cardinal Angelo Becciu, current Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and who was Apostolic Nuncio in Cuba from 2009 to 2011, when he was appointed Substitute of the Vatican Secretariat of State.
In the words of welcome, the Archbishop of Havana, Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García, who will be created cardinal on October 5th in Rome, recognized as “a sign” the presence of Msgr. Becciu on the day when the Havana and Cuban Church remembered Cardinal Jaime Ortega.
In his homily, the representative of the Vatican evoked his closeness to Cardinal James, whom he recognized as a noble man, close and faithful to the Word of God.
The Eucharistic celebration, which brought together dozens of faithful Habaneros, also hosted the farewell of the present Nuncio, Msgr. Giorgio Lingua, destined by the Pope to Croatia. Visibly excited he thanked the closeness and professed affection for him for the Cuban people and especially for his Church during the years of service in the country. He humbly apologised to the people he might have offended and thanked all who helped him.
As part of his visit to the island, in previous days Cardinal Angelo Becciu held a meeting with the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel. The meeting was also attended by the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Juan de la Caridad García, Msgr. Giogio Lingua, Apostolic Nuncio of His Holiness in Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Charity Diego Bello, head of the Office of Attention to Religious Affairs of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.
According to the official press, at the meeting “both sides exchanged on relevant issues on the bilateral agenda and the positive state of relations, which will come in 2020 to its 85th anniversary”.