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Latino Daily News

Thursday October 28, 2010

Cuba to Open First Religious Building in 50 Years

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will travel to Cuba next month, to witness history will take place as the island will be opening the new National Seminary,  the first religious structure built in the communist country in over half a century.

The Catholic News Agency reported that the late pope John Paul II blessed the cornerstone of the seminary when he visited Cuba in 1998. International organizations including the Knights of Columbus contributed to the financing of the seminary, located about 30 miles from the capital, Havana.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami will lead the delegation to Cuba on Nov. 3-6. Clergymen from the Archdiocese of Miami will be in attendance, as well as Father Andrew Small who is the National Collections Office director for the Church of Latin America and Thomas Quigley, counselor to the subcommittee.

While in Cuba, the group will also visit parishes and missions in Havana. Every year, dioceses across America collect funds that support pastoral projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.