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||ARCHDIOCESE OF LA HABANA
Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega - Alamino, is the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Cristóbal de La Habana, also known as the Archdiocese of La Habana.
The province of La Habana was founded by Diego Velázquez on 15 November 1515. The first Mass in the province was celebrated on 16 November 1515.
The first university in Cuba was established in 1728 in this province. It was dedicated to San Jerome and was administered by the Dominican Order of Priests. The Seminary of "San Carlos y San Ambrosio" was also established there, and was given recognition by King Charles III of Spain.
Father Félix Varela, who labored so much for the independence of Cuba, was born in this province; his process for beatification began in 1996 and has already been declared a Servant of God. Father José Olallo, who was also declared a Servant of God and whose process for beatification began in 1990, was also born in this province.
La Habana was declared a Diocese, with the full name of San Cristóbal de La Habana, by His Holiness Pope Pius VI, on 10 September 1787. A Bishop from Puerto Rico, Felipe José de Tres Palacios, became the first Bishop of the Diocese of La Habana.
It was declared an Archdiocese on 6 January 1925 and its first Archbishop was Monsignor Manuel Ruiz y Rodríguez. Monsignor Manuel Arteaga, the second Archbishop of La Habana, was named Cardinal by Pope Pius XII in 1945, thus becoming the first Cuban elevated to the College of Cardenals.
The Archdiocese of La Habana is composed of three provinces: Ciudad de La Habana (Havana City), La Habana, and Isla de la Juventud. Havana City is the capital city of Cuba.
The territorial extension of the archdiocese is 3,006 square kilometers with a population of 2, 777,242 inhabitants.
There are two priestly formation centers in La Habana. One is dedicated to pre-seminarian studies. The other serves as an interdiocesan seminary.
Given the slow growth in priestly and religious vocations, the archdiocese church leaders have developed a strong program for the development of Catholic lay leadership, fully committed to assisting in the pastoral work.
Regarding the diocesan ecclesiastical leadership, the Archdiocese of La Habana has one bishop, two auxiliary bishops, and one hundred and twelve priests, of which forty-one are diocesan priests and seventy-one are priests from different religious orders. Also, there are two hundred and fifty eight religious nuns, thirteen permanent deacons, and eighteen religious brothers.
The following religious orders of priests and brothers working in the archdiocese are:
The following religious orders of nuns are working in the archdiocese:
The following lay movements are working in the archdiocese:
There are three archdiocesan publications: The Word; Vivarium; and Christian Life (Jesuit publication)