Tuesday May 28, the University Institute Sophia, welcomed cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, a prominent figure in the Latin-American continent and in Cuba.
Cardinal Ortega, who had previously had occasion to express his appreciation for the proposed programming of the IUS, these past years has favored the enrollement of some cuban students to the Master’s degree and to the Doctoral programs; on the occasion of his trip to Italy, he wished to visit the campus of Sophia and above all, of meeting with the academic community, spending some time in cordial dialogue with students and teachers.
He shared with them the time spent together with cardinal Bergoglio, in the days preceding the conclave and the election of Pope Francis.
While visiting Loppiano, cardinal Ortega also wished to visit other important places of the little international city of the Focolare Movement where Sophia is located, underlining the value of the experience which, in Loppiano, involves people of various ages, social extraction and cultural formation.
Throughout the visit, he stressed the fact that one of the priorities of a Christian mission in an ever greatly fragmented society, is that of expressing one’s own testimony in an open way through dialogue. The initiative for the formation to the social Doctrine of the Church in collaboration with the IUS, which the Archdiocese of Havana has started some time ago, particularly for the lay, is to be seen under this perspective.