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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.Ortega was named archbishop of Havana in 1981 and oversaw three papal trips to Communist Cuba.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 December 1978 and was consecrated the following month. He 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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