Saint Lazarus

In Cuba, the festival of Saint Lazarus on December 17 is commemorated by a pilgrimage to the chapel of El Rincón, outside Havana, which houses an icon of the saint. According to John’s gospel, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, and Lazarus in turn is believed to have miraculous powers. For Cubans, it is their sense of spirituality that has sustained them throughout their history, and which gives them solace as they embark on an uncertain future.