March 6, 2021

The Government of Nicaragua regrets the death of Cardinal Jaime Ortega

The Government of Nicaragua lamented the death, this Friday at 82 years in Havana, of Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the highest Catholic authority in Cuba, and transferred his condolences to Pope Francis.

"Holy Father and brother Pope Francis: We are writing today from this Nicaragua to transfer our sincere and deep feelings of condolences and solidarity for the departure to another plane of life of his reverend eminence, Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega Alamino, tireless fighter for peace and harmony between the peoples, "said the country's president, Daniel Ortega, in a letter.

Ortega, who signed the letter with his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, who read it through official means, indicated that Cardinal Ortega was a faithful disciple of Jesus of Nazareth and "did not tire of preaching the word and building bridges of understanding and concord among every believing person and of good will. "

"His teachings and testimonies of a good man will remain a beacon for Cuba, Central America and Latin America," they added in the document.

Ortega and Murillo expressed to Pope Francis his highest consideration "in the spirit of the good shepherd that was in this life, Don Jaime Ortega Alamino".

Ortega was ordained as a priest in 1964, becoming Archbishop of Havana for 35 years, a position he resigned in 2016 due to his advanced age, becoming archbishop emeritus of Havana from then on.

Cardinal Jaime Ortega died in Havana on Friday at age 82 after dragging cancer for a long time, as reported by the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Cuba (COCC) in a statement.

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