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Havana's new Archdiocesan Seminary

· Pope's Message to Cardinal Ortega y Alamino ·

On Wednesday, 3 November, Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of San Cristóbal de La Habana, inaugurated the new Catholic Seminary of San Carlos y San Ambrosio in the presence of H.E. Mr Raúl Castro, President of the Republic of Cuba, Archbishop Dionisio Guillermo García Ibáñez, President of the Cuban Bishops' Conference, and many other Ecclesial and Civil Authorities. The following is a translation of the Message which Benedict XVI sent to the Prelate, transmitted by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State.

On the occasion of the opening of the new Archdiocesan Seminary San Carlos y San Ambrosio , His Holiness Benedict XVI cordially greets the Pastors and faithful, as well as the formators and seminarians gathered together on this happy occasion. He prays to God that this solemn act be at the same time a sign and a stimulus to renew the vigour of our commitment to keep close watch over the human, spiritual and academic preparation of those in this institution pursuing the path toward priestly ministry. At the same time, the Pope invites them to identify daily and ever more closely with the sentiments of Christ, the Good Shepherd, through regular prayer, serious application to study, humble listening to the Divine Word, a worthy celebration of the Sacraments and a courageous testimony of their love as authentic disciples and missionaries of the Gospel of Salvation.

With these ardent good wishes, the Holy Father, while entrusting the whole community of this educational institution to the protection of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, who under the title of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre is invoked and loved by the Cuban nation, imparts to you his heartfelt Special Apostolic Blessing, which he willingly extends to all those who have generously contributed to the construction of this new building and to those present at the inaugural celebration.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

Secretary of State of His Holiness

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