Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio, Episcopal Church of Cuba. Photo: General Synod Communications
The statement, signed by standing committee president the Rev. Alfredo Nuño, Suffragan Bishop Ulises Aguero and diocesan Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio, expressed gratitude to The Episcopal Church, noting that “through different strategies, such as travel, exchanges, and the presentation of official resolutions,” it has “accompanied our church and therefore our people.”
Joy was also expressed over the return of Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero and Ramon Labanino, the three remaining members of the “Cuban Five” who were held in U.S. prisons since 1998, and U.S. aid worker Alan Gross, who had been imprisoned in Cuba since 2009. The release of prisoners, the statement says, “show[s] that dialogue and a stance of mutual understanding and respect in the midst of differences are basic elements in the relationships among governments and peoples.”
The statement also acknowledged the uncertainty of the present moment, asking God to “guide the governments of both countries in wise decisions,” to “illuminate these new times and challenges that have come to the Cuban people,” and to “weave concord among the two peoples and affirm our commitment to the truth.”
The statement ended with an acknowledgement of the significance of such a momentous decision so close to Christmas. “Jesus was born so that reconciliation and peace could enter and fill the lives of women and men, of families and communities, of peoples and nations,” the statement reads. “May the light of Christmas be a fountain of blessings for both our peoples.”Back to Top
André Forget joined the Anglican Journal in 2014 as staff writer and social media lead. He also serves as managing editor of Whether Magazine, and his writing has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Winnipeg Review, and the Town Crier.
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