At the conclusion of the National Pilgrimage of “Our Lady of Caridad del Cobre,” the Bishops of Cuba issued a message for the Marian Jubilee Year which celebrates 400 years of the finding of the image of ” Our Lady of Caridad del Cobre “, entitled “To Jesus through Mary, Charity unites us “, and have confirmed the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the island, which is why it is called the visit of the “Pilgrim of Charity.”
The Bishops in their message urge all Cubans, “to live with joy the Marian Jubilee Year, from January 7, 2012 to January 5, 2013” and invite to take part in various celebrations programmed. The message recalls the experience of the Marian pilgrimage made and the faith of the Cuban people, which is expressed with clear manifestations of everyone’s religious sentiment, young and old. “Our Lady of Charity is an expression of Cuban soul,” write the Bishops, “as demonstrated by the long history of 4 centuries written in the soul of the nation”.
The text continues: “Today’s passage of the Madonna of Mambisa’ (as she was called by our fathers) is lived as a ‘new springtime of faith,’ since the beginning of the pilgrimage (August 8, 2010) throughout the national territory.” “Our Lady talks to us,” write the Bishops, and “Cuba needs the joy of faith and the Virgin of Charity came to meet her children so that those who have moved away return to God, those who have remained steadfast in the Christian faith , can increase their commitment, and we can all experience God’s love for their children; so we strive to build unity in truth and love between us all, overcoming and integrating the differences and distances with respect”.