Washington, DC - The Cuba Study Group issued the following statement today in reaction to passing of Cuban Catholic intellectual and essayist Monsignor Carlos Manuel de Céspedes:

"We are deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of Monsignor Carlos Manuel de Céspedes. Monsignor de Céspedes dedicated his life to expanding the role of the Catholic Church in Cuba and promoting a more just and democratic Cuban society. His life and legacy will continue to inspire those who seek the reconciliation of the Cuban people and a better future for the Island nation."

Monsignor Carlos Manuel de Céspedes was Episcopal Vicar of Havana’s Archdiocese and director of the General Secretariat of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba, as well as the foreign minister of the Archdiocese.  He was the great-great-grandson of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, who declared the start of the war of independence from Spain on Oct. 10, 1869, and became known as the “Father of the Nation.”

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