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Papal Overtures in a Cuban Key

The Pope’s Visit and Civic Space for Cuban Religion

This book present a multi-disciplinary study of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Cuba in 1998. The essays represent several disciplines: sociology, anthropology, political science, religious studies and theology. Authors agree on several major points: one, that the visit benefited both church and state; two, the Pope urged the Cubanization of Cuban Catholicism; and three, though the rivalries for civic space between the religious groups and the state still existed, the have now entered a new stage of development. The state is criticized for continued religious discrimination and the Pope for not promoting ecumenism more vigorously.

211 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2002

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Political Science: Political Behavior and Public Opinion

Religion: Religion and Society

Sociology: General Sociology

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Table of Contents

About the Contributors
Ch 1. The Papal Visit to Cuba: Text and Context, by Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo
Ch 2. The Catholic Church, Catholicity and Popular Religiosity in the Context of Pope John Paul II’s Visit to Cuba, by Dr. Jorge Ramírez Calzadilla
Ch 3. Impact of Pope John Paul II’s Visit on the Evangelical Denominations of Cuba, by Lic./Juana Berges Curbelo
Ch 4. Pope John Paul II:  Repercussions of His Visit on the Religious Expressions of African Origin in Cuba, by Lic./Aníbal Argüelles Mederos
Ch 5. The Social Space of Religion in Cuba and Pope John Paul II’s Visit, by René Cárdenas Medina
Ch. 6. The Struggle for Civic Space: A Case Study Perspective, by Christina Inéz Flores
Ch. 7. Cuban-American Catholics and National Reconciliation: The Impact of the Pope’s Visit to Cuba, by Yolanda Prieto
Ch 8. Pope John Paul II’s Visit and the Process of Democratic Transition in Cuba, by Silvia Pedraza
Ch 9. The Pope Grants Darshan in Cuba, by Gustavo Benevides
Ch 10. Popular Religion and Civil Society: The Papal Visit To Cuba as Blueprint for a Catholic Renewal, by Antony M. Stevens-Arroyo

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