Havana, Cuba, Apr 26, 2016 / 13:34 pm
The Holy See announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez of Camagüey to head the Archdiocese of Havana, Cuba. He will be replacing retiring Cardinal Jaime Ortega Almino.
The Archdiocese of Havana expressed in a statement their gratitude for the appointment and announced that the date of the archbishop's possession of his new see will be announced in due time.
"Along with our feelings of thanksgiving to God and gratitude to our Holy Father Francis for this appointment, we lift up our prayers to the Lord that he may continue to pour out on Archbishop Juan García, our new Pastor, the gifts of the Spirit, that will help him fulfill this new mission that the pope has entrusted to him," the Archdiocese of Havana said.
The archdiocese noted that the appointment follows "His Holiness Pope Francis' acceptance of Cardinal Jaime Ortega Almino's resignation which he presented to His Holiness Benedict XVI on October 18, 2011, as Canon 401 Paragraph 1 of the Code of Canon Law stipulates, that the resignation be presented upon reaching 75 years of age."