U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega during his historic visit to Havana, Cuba, on August 14, 2015. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
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Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who oversaw a warming of relations with Cuba's Communist government and played a role in the secret negotiations that led to U.S.-Cuba detente, has stepped down, the Vatican announced Tuesday.He is being replaced as archbishop of Havana by Juan de la Caridad Garcia Rodriguez, the archbishop of the eastern city of Camaguey.Ortega was named Archbishop of Havana in 1981 and oversaw three papal trips to Communist Cuba. He attended seminary in Havana, as part of the first group of Cuban priests who received their entire training inside the country, and was ordained in 1972 . He became archbishop of Camaguey in 2002 and was elected president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops 2006, a post formerly held by Ortega.Ortega was among many Cuban priests sent to military-run agricultural work camps, spending a year beginning in 1966 .Ortega was named bishop for western Pinar del Rio province in 1978 and became archbishop of Havana in November 1981 . But Ortega quietly helped rebuild the church infrastructure around Havana, establishing new parishes and renovating more than 40 churches. In November 1994, Pope John Paul II named Ortega the first cardinal in Cuba in more than three decades -- and the second in the island's history.
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