Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino

Catholic cardinal

Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino ( 18 October 1936 – 26 July 2019) was a Cuban prelate of the Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Havana from 1981 to 2016. He was appointed to the College of Cardinals in 1994, the second Cuban to hold that job.

His Eminence Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino
Archbishop emeritus of San Cristobal de la Habana
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed21 November 1981
Reign ended26 April 2016
PredecessorFrancisco Ricardo Oves Fernández
SuccessorJuan de la Caridad Garcia Rodriguez
Other postsCardinal Priest of Santi Aquila e Priscilla
Ordination2 August 1964
Consecration14 January 1979
by Mario Tagliaferri
Created Cardinal26 November 1994
RankCardinal priest
Personal details
Birth nameJaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino
Born(1936-10-18)18 October 1936
Jagüey Grande, Cuba
Died26 July 2019(2019-07-26) (aged 82)
El Cobre, Cuba
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During negotiations to renew diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, Cardinal Ortega, without public announcement, visited the White House and hand-delivered a letter from Pope Francis to President Barack Obama.[1]

Ortega was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018. He died on 26 July 2019 in El Cobre, Cuba at the age of 82.[2]


  1. Davis, Julie Hirschfield; Baker, Peter (13 August 2015). "A Secretive Path to Raising U.S. Flag in Cuba". New York Times. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  2. Seelye, Katharine Q. (26 July 2019). "Cardinal Jaime Ortega, a Cuban Bridge to the U.S., Dies at 82". New York Times. Retrieved 27 July 2019.