edition of the magazine was published in 1998 on the occasion of Pope
John Paul II‘s visit. Five years later the second edition was
published, featuring articles from diverse Catholic publications in
The 72-page third edition is dedicated entirely to the NCEE, an historic event which took place February 17-23, 1986.
Rodriguez, one of the contributors to the new edition, said the
magazine is important because “a large number of the Catholic faithful
today, including people involved in ministry—both Cubans and
foreigners—do not know the letter, and therefore, the spirit of the
Conrado Rodriguez, another contributor, said the NCEE continues to be
relevant because it highlights questions and problems that are still
also features interviews with important leaders from the laity and the
clergy in Cuba, as well as a transcript of a talk given by Auxiliary
Bishop Felipe de Jesus Estevez of Miami, a letter sent by Pope John
Paul II through the late Cardinal Eduardo Pironio, the inaugural
address of then-president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Bishop
Adolfo Rodriguez, and the final statement of the NCEE and a pastoral
instruction published by the bishops.
The editors of
the magazine also noted the new edition leaves room to discuss to the
challenges of the present and the future for the Church in Cuba, such
as the role of the laity, Catholic media, and national reconciliation.
Catholic Press Union in Cuba has published the third edition of the
magazine Verdad y Esperanza in order to commemorate the 20th
anniversary of the National Cuban Ecclesial Encounter (NCEE) and to
highlight the challenges that the Church faces today.