First Catholic seminary in half century opens in Cuba
November 4th, 2010
12:23 PM ET

First Catholic seminary in half century opens in Cuba

The Catholic Church opened its first seminary in Cuba in more than 50 years on Wednesday, with President Raul Castro in attendance.

The inauguration of the school outside of Havana was evidence of just how far relations between the communist government and the Catholic Church have come in recent years.

Pope Benedict XVI sent a greeting that was read aloud to the gathering of Catholic and government officials.

Castro accompanied Cardinal Jaime Ortega on a tour of the seminary.

The inauguration comes after the Catholic Church helped broker Cuba's biggest release of political prisoners in a decade, a process that is ongoing.

Although Cuba never severed ties with the Vatican, some Catholic Church officials were expelled after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, and relations were tense.

Tensions eased in the 1990s, culminating with the visit of the late Pope John Paul II in 1998.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Cuba

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  2. Iqbal khan

    Check this out and also check part 2 for more details.....


    November 6, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
    • Reality

      All the details you need:

      Muslims should burn their copies of the koran for the 1400 year old con job that is pulled on them daily by the imams and ayatollahs. Christians should burn their copies of the NT for the 2000 year old con job that has been perpetuated on them by popes, bishops, priests, ministers and evangelicals. And Jews should burn their copies of the OT/Torah for the 6000 year old con job pulled on them by their past and current rabbis.

      November 7, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  3. Iqbal khan


    November 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  4. Iqbal khan

    A very informative book, "What Jesus Really Say" many lectures and articles download for free...

    November 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
    • Reality

      Ahhh, the con man khan still trying to deflect us from the terror and horror that is Islam!!!

      November 6, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  5. MadPanda

    "The question is what are you Brainwashed with, things like oh let's say... Crossan's books or the truth of life found in the Bible which has withstanded over 6,000 years of crap like Crossan's material"

    -Says the brainwashed individual about his contradictive book of truth (which by the way makes it impossible to be entirely true). I’m sure I have faith as an atheist too, according to you. Fail.

    November 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  6. Reality

    Obviously, even F. Castro still suffers from being Bred, Born and Brainwashed in religion aka The Three B Syndrome. In his case, it is the Catholic version of the Three B's.

    November 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
    • Mike, not me

      Its like I seen this post before, Everyone is bred,born and Brainwashed. What is your point?

      The question is what are you Brainwashed with, things like oh let's say... Crossan's books or the truth of life found in the Bible which has withstanded over 6,000 years of crap like Crossan's material.

      November 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
    • Reality

      Mike, Mike, Mike,

      Let us start at the beginning with the New Torah/OT for Modern Minds:

      origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      "Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

      "When I grew up in Brooklyn, congregants were not so-phisticated about anything," said Rabbi Harold Kushner, the author of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" and a co-editor of the new book. "Today, they are very sophisticated and well read about psychology, literature and history, but they are locked in a childish version of the Bible."

      November 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
    • Mike, not me

      Reality, don't really understand your rebuttable.

      You say Crossan, I give you sources of people who think Crossan is a fraud and your response to that is...

      I give you Criag Evans, Lee Stroble, Tim Keller, anything from CS Lewis or Matt Chandler and your rebuttable is the same tired article I told you was just one man's opinion to make the paper who lacks in the proper studies to even make such a claim.

      November 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
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