commemorations in Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, recalled
that “we celebrate the One who came to do battle for love, for good and
for justice,” and he emphasized that “all the crosses of our life find
an answer in the Cross of Jesus.”
Large images of
Our Lady of Sorrows and the Crucified Christ were carried through the
streets, while hundreds of pilgrims followed in procession singing and
included the praying of the Way of Cross, with onlookers following from
balconies above the streets. At the conclusion of the ceremony,
Cardinal Ortega delivered a moving homily.
outlawed for almost forty years, the Cuban government finally
re-authorized Holy Week processions after the 1998 visit by Pope John
As of press time, exact figures of procession participants were not available.
numbers of Cubans turned out for Good Friday celebrations last week,
including the Way of the Cross and processions, in the historic
district of Havana, as well as in numerous other Cuban cities.