Cuba gets first Orthodox church

Government-built Greek Orthodox cathedral in Havana
The spiritual leader of many of the world’s Orthodox Christians dedicated a government-built Greek Orthodox cathedral in Havana, Cuba, last month, and called U.S. sanctions against the communist nation a “historic mistake.”

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos, in the first visit by an Orthodox patriarch to a Latin American country, dedicated the tiny San Nicolas Cathedral in downtown Havana on January 25. Bartholomeos was presented with keys to the cathedral by Cuban President Fidel Castro, who paid for the church’s construction. It is the first Orthodox church built to serve the island’s estimated 2,000 Orthodox Christians. In a homily, Bartholomeos said he hoped that in the future more buildings would be used for public worship.

 

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