Almost a century after they first arrived in Cuba, the Marist Brothers have expressed the wish to return, in order to undertake catechetical work.
    Along with most religious orders, the Marists left the country when the Revolution placed education under State control.
    Although they have requested permission to enter the country several times, the permission has yet to be granted. But Bishop Aranguren believes that his recent discussions with the Cuban government leave room for hope.
    He stated that although in other places the Marists have schools, in Cuba they would focus on "Catholic communities needing basic formation." In the interior of the country, "systematic teaching of the New Catechism of the Catholic Church" has not been carried out. Therefore, the Marists' work would be primarily catechetical.

12:17pm 25/5/99 / Zenit


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