.- This week the Latin American Bishopsâ Council (CELAM) is meeting in Havana, Cuba for their 31st Ordinary Assembly. During the meeting the newly elected president, Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno Assis, said that the Church only seeks peace for Cuba and that âthe people should decide about their future.â
Speaking to the Efe news agency, the archbishop of Aparecida said, âWhat we desire for Cuba is that it always have peace, prosperity, that the peopleâ¦can decide about their future, their path in the history of the Latin American continent, always seeking out integration.â
Although he avoided assessing the situation that is currently facing Cuba, Archbishop Damasceno said, âItâs a problem that must be posed to the local Church, we can only accompany from the outsideâ¦. We have a very superficial knowledge, at least I do as I am no expert in international politics,â he said.
âThe Church is present in Cuba, she is working. The Church in Cuba is alive, her presence is felt in the dioceses and in the parish communities,â and she works to carry out âher main objective, which is a spiritual religious objective but with much life.â
Archbishop Damasceno was elected president during the Ordinary Assembly of CELAM, which was held for the first time in Cuba. He succeeds Cardinal Francisco Errazuriz of Santiago, Chile.