Cuba experiences a rebirth in vocations
Vocations to the priesthood and the religious life are increasing in Cuba, despite economic and social difficulties, and increasing government hostility to the Church
Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, confirmed the trend in an interview published in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.
"There are about 80 seminarians in Cuba, including those who belong to some religious orders, whereas five years ago, there were 25," he said.
The most striking growth is in the vocations of women to the religious life. "Fifteen years ago, there were around 200 or at most, 250," the cardinal. "Today there are close to 600."
He mentioned the case of a young woman, whom he himself baptised in the cathedral, who has taken religious vows as a Carmelite contemplative.