Father Félix Varela (1788-1853)

02 Jan Father Félix Varela (1788-1853)

Father Félix Varela (1788-1853) taught great Cubans such as José Antonio Saco, Rafael María Mendive (José Martí’s teacher) & José de la Luz y Caballero, quoted as saying “As long as there is thought in Cuba, we will have to remember him, the one who taught us how to think”. In 1821 Varela was chosen to represent Cuba in the Cortes in Spain where he signed petition for the Independence of Hispanic America and the end of slavery. He was sentenced to death by King Ferdinand VII but escaped leading an active life of service in New York and St. Augustine. He worked on the Baltimore Catechism & is being considered for sainthood.

 

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