The auxiliary bishop of Havana, Alfredo Petit Vergel, died this Saturday in the Cuban capital, at the age of 85, according to a note released by the San Julián De Los Güines parish.
Born on July 24, 1936 in Havana, Petit studied at the College of the Brothers of the Christian Schools until entering the seminary El Buen Pastor, where he completed studies in Humanities and Philosophy, details the text published on the website of Parish Facebook.
Born on July 24, 1936 in Havana, Petit studied at the College of the Brothers of the Christian Schools until he entered the seminary El Buen Pastor.
“The Pío Latinoamericano College in Rome welcomed him until he graduated with a Bachelor of Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, after which he received priestly ordination on December 23, 1961”. Back in Cuba, he served as parish priest of the Havana Cathedral and later of the El Salvador del Mundo parish in the Cerro neighborhood.
On November 15, 1991, Pope John Paul II appointed Petit bishop of San Cristóbal de La Habana, just at a time when the economic crisis after the fall of the socialist bloc worsened on the island. As of that year, The number of Cubans who approached the churches also grew after decades of fierce atheism.
In addition, Petit attended the Nueva Gerona parish on the Isle of Youth and at the time of his death he was pastor at the San Francisco de Paula parish in La Víbora and at the Santa Teresita chapel in the Santa Amalia neighborhood, in the municipality of Arroyo. Orange tree.
In an interview, he lamented the obstacles that limited the actions of the Church, such as the fact that the Government “has always controlled the number of priests in the country.”
In 2005, during the Congregation of the Synod of Bishops held in Cuba, Petit denounced that given the difficulty and practically impossibility of building new temples “on the Island, Catholics had been forced” to create the so-called ‘houses of prayer ‘or’ mission houses’, located in the peripheral neighborhoods and in the small towns and hamlets “.
Also in an interview he regretted the obstacles that limited the actions of the Church, such as the fact that the Government “has always controlled the number of priests in the country and these have never been enough to cover pastoral needs. Another difficulty has been the difficult access to the media. “
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