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Holguin Opens Exhibit on Book Presented to Pope Francis
Abel Prieto Jimenez and Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar (on white shirt) admire the works on the Holguin Exhibit on Book Presented to Pope Francis. Photo: Lisandra Cardoso
People can now admired an exhibit inaugurated at the Holguin province branch of the Cuban Writers and Artists Association (UNEAC) on the art-book Devocion (Devotion), which Cuadernos Papiro editing house dedicated to the Virgen de la Caridad (Our Lady of Charity), which was presented to Pope Francis on his visit to the nicknamed Cuban City of the Parks last September.
Holguin's Tiny and Heartfelt Gift to Pope Francis


The Exhibit was inaugurated on the presence of Abel Prieto Jimenez, advisor of Cuban President; Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) in Holguin province; and Monsignor Emilio Aranguren Echeverria, Bishop of the Holguin Diocese.

Tatiana Zuñiga explained that the exhibit comprises works by 14 artists from Holguin province inspired on texts by Cuban poets, dedicated to the Virgen de la Caridad, among them Jose Marti, Nicolas Guillen, Dulce Maria Loynaz and Carilda Oliver Labra.

Among the artists from Holguin province whose works are included in the art-book exhibit Pope Francis was presented with are Cosme Proenza, Ramiro Ricardo, Jorge Luis Cudina, Jose Emilio Leyva, Ernesto Blanco, Leticia Leyva, Maria del Pilar Reyes and Georgina Corpas.

The artists were acknowledged with a copy of the illustration of the Estampa Camino de la Virgen, made on paper in which sand from Nipe Bay was used, right from the area where the Virgin was found.

Monsignor Aranguren Echeverria praised the Exhibition, in which also appears a copy of the letter signed by a group of mambises (Cuban independence fighters) sent to Pope Benedictus XV claiming to declare the Virgen de la Caridad Cuba's Patron Saint.

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