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CATHOLIC CHURCH DISTRIBUTES HOLY GOSPELS By Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - The archdiocese of this city started to distribute free copies of the Gospel of St. Mathews to all the participants in the celebrations of Christmas Eve and Christmas in the cathedral of the metropolis. This idea will be extended to the rest of the country.

The book, of small size, has 112 pages, and is entitled "The Gospel of St. Mathew, God the Father loves all us, Cuba in the third millenium." Edited by "Obra Nacional de la Buena Prensa" (National Work of the Good Press), it was printed in Mexico in September and the rights belong to the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba.

The cover reproduces an oil painting by Rembrandt entitled, "The return of the prodigal son." A note from the General Secretary of the Cuban Episcopacy, in the back of the cover, recalls: "The Holy Father, Juan Pablo II told all Cubans upon his arrival to our country: 'The Gospel message will take you to love, to self-giving, to sacrifice and to forgiveness, in a way that if a nation follows this road, it will be a nation that hopes for a better future.' In this year, also dedicated to reconciliation, the Cuban bishops hope that the teachings of Jesus Christ find open minds, receptive hearts so that the words of the Pope become a hope fulfilled among us."

This project is part of the pastoral plan of the Cuban Catholic Church and the celebrations for the great jubilee of the year 2000. As part of the new evangelization, hundreds of thousands of St. Mathew's gospel, in 1997, and of St. Lucas' Gospel, in 1998, were distributed in missions across the Island. The Pope declared these the years of "The Son" and "The Holy Spirit," respectively. The new liturgical year of 1999 is dedicated to the divine person of "The Father."

Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.


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