Cuba Raises First Religious Building in 50 Years

The first religious edifice built in Cuba in 50 years, a seminary, will open in early November, and a delegation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be on hand to witness it.

According to the Catholic News Agency, John Paul II blessed the cornerstone of the seminary during his 1998 Cuba visit. International organizations including the Knights of Columbus contributed to its financing. The new National Seminary will be located some 30 miles outside of Havana.

The USCCB delegation, led by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, will visit Cuba from Nov. 3 to 6, and consists of members of the USCCB’s Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America, some of them Miami-area clergy.