Panelists to discuss the Catholic Church in Cuba

by Michael O. Garvey

Notre Dame faculty and students who recently visited Cuba will hold a public discussion of their experiences April 30 (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. in room C-103 of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.p. The discussion, “Cuba Libre? Reflections Upon the Catholic Church in Cuba Today,” will be chaired by Rev. Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C., director of Latin American/North American Church Concerns (LANACC) in Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies.p. Joining Father Pelton in the conversation will be undergraduate and graduate students in his “From Power to Communion” course, many of whom accompanied him to Cuba in March to study the current situation there and to meet with state officials, laypeople and Catholic clergy.p. “We came back from Cuba with impressive experiences and insights, but lingering questions about where Cuba will go from here, and how its faith will guide that,” said Father Pelton. “We wanted to follow up on the trip by holding an in-depth conversation, and we wanted to bring the entire interested community into that conversation.”p. The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies is the University’s center for comparative social science research on major themes in world affairs. The Kellogg community of faculty members, visitors and students has built an international reputation for influential contributions in the study of democratization, development and social justice.p.

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