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Catholic Church raises profile in Cuba with icon of virgin FEATURE 08/13/2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Catholic Church raises profile in Cuba with icon of virgin


FEATURE

08/13/2010
HAVANA — For the first time since the Cuban revolution half a century ago, an icon of Cuba’s patron saint is making the rounds of the island in a sign of a gradual rapprochement between the Communist authorities and the Catholic Church.

The pilgrimage’s send-off took place Sunday at the shrine to the Virgin of Charity of Copper, in a valley peppered with copper mines near Santiago de Cuba, 950 kilometers (590 miles) east of Havana.
Its year-and-a-half journey through the Cuban countryside is a highlight of festivities organized by the church to mark the 400th anniversary of the virgin’s appearance, according to legend, to three fishermen lost in a storm..... MORE

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