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January 27, 1999, Cuba Free Press.

CONCLUSION OF WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY By Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - The finale of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was the night of January 25 at the First Presbyterian Church in this city.

Pastors, priests, religious officials and the faithful from several denominations were present at the ceremony presided over by Monsignor Santos Garllenmi, secretary of the Nunciatura Apostólica; the Reverend Léster González, president of the Church Council (Consejo de Iglesias); Dr. Isaac Oropesa, representing the National Presbyterian Synod and Maj. Felipe Prieto, divisional commander of the Salvation Army.

Pastor Héctor Méndez, host of the celebration, called on this gathering to be a symbol of true ecumenism. Catholic priest Salvador Riverón centered his homily on the concern of Catholic Church for unity, the common prayers and mutual respect and dialogue.

The priest said, "The unity that we look for is the one that the Lord wishes us to have. It is neither a tactical nor a strategic unity; it is not motivated by that common saying, "force is in the unity." It is a "demand for love and God is love."

Riverón recalled the first anniversary of the Ecumenical Encounter of John Paul II with representatives of the Council of Churches of Cuba and several Christian denominations and the mass celebrated by the pope in the plaza called José Martí.

"These celebrations," he said, "were characterized by an uncontainable joy and a spirit of unity and brotherhood which gathered together countless Cuban Catholics and members of other Christian denominations."

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated around the world. In Cuba it has been revitalized in recent years. The First Presbyterian Church of Havana was the site for the May 28, 1941, meeting when the first ecumenical meeting took place in Cuba and when the Council of Cuban Churches was created.

Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.


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