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A local Cuban captures his fellow countrymen cheering and praying as a priest hoists a statue of La Virgen de la Caridad amid protests in Cuba. (photo: Screenshot from Mag Jorge Castro's Twitter feed, last visited 7/13/21)

Unprecedented demonstrations are underway on the economically crippled, communist-ruled island, calling not just for material relief, but systematic change.

By Jonathan Liedl, EWTN News, July 14, 2021

Jonathan LiedlThroughout their country’s history, the people of Cuba have called upon Our Lady of Charity’s intercession to bring calm amid life’s stormy seas. From aiding the “mambisa” freedom fighters in the island nation’s war for independence from Spain, to facilitating an untold number of everyday miracles for ordinary Cubanos, many believe “La Cachita” has helped answer prayers time and time again.

Now, in the midst of mass public demonstrations the likes of which have rarely if ever been seen in 60 years of communist rule, the Cuban people are turning to “La Virgen de la Caridad” once more, as they take to the streets by the thousands to call not only for immediate relief from an economic and medical crisis, but also sweeping governmental reform.

Images of the Virgin have mingled with cries of “liberta!” and “patria y vida,” the latter meaning “homeland and life,” a clever counter to the longstanding communist slogan of “patria o muerte” (“homeland or death”). …

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