January 16, 1998 |
As workers toiled Thursday at the grand papal pulpit emerging in the Plaza of the Revolution here, the Cuban government unveiled an exhibit in the heart of the square that leaves no doubt who will host John Paul II when the Roman Catholic leader visits this Communist land next week. The centerpiece is a towering photo mural of the pope shaking hands with Fidel Castro, the Cuban president who invited him in the first place.
October 25, 1999 |
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.
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October 10, 1992 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
October 17, 1997 |
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.
July 8, 2010 |
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.
October 18, 1987 |
Although it is early in the season, Ian Alsen and Craig Lawson of Granada Hills High are running faster than they ever did in 1986. On Saturday, the Highlander duo placed first and second at the Los Angeles County Cross-Country Championships at College of the Canyons. Alsen, the 1986 City Section runner-up, was timed in 15 minutes, 42 seconds over the rugged three-mile course and junior teammate Lawson clocked 15:56.
November 27, 1994 |
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.