Havana (Agenzia Fides) - "In Cuba, the implementation of the first post-Covid-19 phase has begun gradually. For the Church it was a challenge and at the same time a call to respond and announce the values of the Gospel", comments Fr. Yosbel Lazo Cordero, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS). Although the epidemiological situation in Cuba has not had a strong impact as in other parts of the world, "we feel challenged by the sad reality that many countries around the world are experiencing today, affected by this pandemic". The churches have always remained open for prayer, thus consolidating a conscience more open to charity. Currently liturgical and pastoral celebrations have resumed in the various dioceses of the country, except in Havana, where the post-Covid phase has not yet been reached.
The PMS National Director stresses that the commitment of those responsible for Missionary Childhood and Adolescence (MCA) has been admirable in this period. A communication network was created, via WhatsApp, which allowed the exchange. The MCA National Day was obviously postponed, but thanks to the use of means of communication, material and subsidies for children and leaders were sent, and a newsletter was prepared on Malawi, the recipient country of the MCA collection in 2019. In May, month dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the children were encouraged to pray the rosary, with a special intention for the end of the pandemic and for children from all countries who have been victims of it.
Noting that a good missionary animation was possible, in which initiatives, actions, children's messages for other children, posters emerged, the National Director concludes: "With trust in God, we think that for the months of September-October we will be in the normal phase and therefore we will be able to resume our missionary journey". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 10/7/2020)