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Preaching religious revitalization and unity, Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, archbishop of Havana, delivered a message here Sunday urging Cuban Catholics not to shut the door of hope opened by Pope John Paul II. Ortega, the leader of the Catholic Church in Cuba and the first Cuban cardinal in more than 30 years, made the comments during a convocation at St. Ignatius Church at the University of San Francisco.
October 10, 1992 | From Associated Press
With religion now sanctioned by the state, Cubans are returning to the church in numbers unseen since the 1959 revolution. Long-suffering priests and ministers are witnessing the phenomenon with delight, welcoming back prodigal sons and daughters and baptizing new believers by the thousands nationwide. The religious resurgence holds profound implications for Cuba, expanding the influence of church leaders over the island's 10.
March 26, 1988 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Times Staff Writer
Thirty-eight Southern California high schools will compete in today's fifth Mission Viejo Girls' Invitational track and field meet at Mission Viejo High School. Orange County will be represented by 14 schools, including Canyon, Capistrano Valley, Edison, El Toro, Laguna Hills, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Valley, Villa Park and host Mission Viejo. Mission Viejo, the two-time defending meet champion, features one of Orange County's best sprinters in Sheri Bertell.
November 12, 1992 | GARY KLEIN
The University of La Verne will play host to Claremont-Mudd- Scripps tonight in the first round of the 24-team NCAA Division III women's volleyball tournament. La Verne, which tied Claremont and Occidental for the championship of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, is host team for a six-team regional that also includes Colorado College, Trinity (Tex.) UC San Diego and Menlo College.
April 23, 1988 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Times Staff Writer
If the four distance runners of Corona del Mar, Valencia or Dana Hills high schools are looking for solace after Friday night's 4 x 1,600-meter relay at Mt. San Antonio College, maybe they ought to remember what forces they were dealing with: A cold wind, a driving rain and, the strongest force of all, the El Monte Arroyo distance squad.
Pope John Paul II's portrait graced the outer wall of the 283-year-old Roman Catholic church in this small town near Havana on Sunday, while, inside, hundreds of clapping, singing, weeping faithful heard Cardinal Jaime Ortega deliver a homily that just might have landed him in jail less than a decade ago. "Don't be afraid," the green-robed Cuban prelate beseeched the faithful. "Open your doors to Christ." And on Jan. 25, 1998, he commanded, "Bejucal must come to Havana"--by bus, bicycle or foot.
November 29, 1987 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, Times Staff Writer
What price victory? For Tim O'Rourke, it will prove to be a hair-raising experience. O'Rourke, coach of the cross-country team at Arroyo High School in El Monte, promised he would shave his hair and beard if his Knights won the boys' Division I championship at the inaugural state meet. After Arroyo capped an outstanding season with a victory Saturday at Woodward Park, plans for O'Rourke's grooming were being made. It will be done at a pep rally this week, someone said.
July 8, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
The Cuban government has agreed to release the largest group of political prisoners in a decade, following months of talks and the intervention this week of Spain, the Roman Catholic Church in Cuba said Wednesday. In a statement posted on its website, the Archdiocese of Havana said 52 prisoners would be freed — five "in the next hours" and an additional 47 in the next three to four months. All will be allowed to leave the country, the church said. It was not clear, however, whether the Cuban government would require them to do so. Human rights activists in Cuba have insisted that freedom be granted unconditionally.
May 30, 2000 | JIM McGOVERN, Jim McGovern is a Democratic U.S. congressman from Massachusetts
Much of the controversy, anger and distrust we have witnessed over the past five months of the Elian Gonzalez case could have been prevented with better understanding and communication between Americans and Cubans. That is why I urge President Clinton to visit Cuba before he leaves office. The president should fly on Air Force One into Jose Marti Airport in Havana and declare to the Cuban people that the Cold War is finally over.
November 27, 1994 | From Associated Press
Clergymen who will help select the next pontiff knelt before Pope John Paul II on Saturday to receive the red hat of cardinal and hear praise for what some have endured: gulag prison camps and bloodshed in Bosnia. "In Rome, you have the history of the early Christian martyrs. Today, you had some living martyrs," said one of the 30 new cardinals, Archbishop William H. Keeler, 63, of Baltimore. Another American elevated to cardinal was Detroit Archbishop Adam J. Maida, 64.
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