The First Vice-President of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel attended the awarding of the special category of Doctor Honoris Causa in Philosophy to the Brazilian theologian Frei Betto
The First Vice-President of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel attended the awarding of the special category of Doctor Honoris Causa in Philosophy to the Brazilian theologian Frei Betto Photo: Roberto SuárezZoom
«The merit of this University is that it forms men and women who contribute to the work of the Revolution in a Socialist system that teaches them how to share the wealth of the earth. »
Those were the words by the Brazilian theologian Carlos Alberto Libanio Christo, Frei Betto, when he was granted the special category of Doctor Honoris Causa in Philosophy by Rector Gustavo Cobreiro, in a solemn ceremony held in the Aula Magna of Havana University, and which was presided over by First Vice-President of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel.
With his wide knowledge and his rooted vocation for teaching, the Dominican friar Frei Betto talked about the roots of his catholic education, the theology of liberation, his position when the military dictatorship took the power in Brazil, which hindered him from continuing his Journalism studies, and his bonds with the Pedagogue Paulo Freire and public education.
Likewise, he remembered many of the moments he lived in Cuba, his first meeting with Fidel in Nicaragua, and his relations with intellectuals, teachers, students, young people and people not so young who for many years have been learning from his lectures and books.
Thus, the Dean of the Philosophy and History Faculty, Dr. Carlos Delgado highlighted, when he read the rectoral resolution, that the book Fidel y la religion (Fidel and Religion) is an essential contribution for understanding the thought of the historic leader of the Revolution, and the book has helped the philosophical understanding between Christians and Marxists.
For his part, the winner of the National Social Science Award, Dr. Fernando Martínez Heredia highlighted in his speech that Betto is a defender of Socialism, because Betto considers Socialism as the most just life that human beings deserve.
The ceremony was also attended by the Minister for Higher Education Rodolfo Alarcón; the Secretary of the State Council Homero Acosta; the advisors of the President of the Councils of State and Ministers José Ramón Fernández and Abel Prieto; the Director of the Office for the Marti Program, Armando Hart, and the Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Cuba Cesario Melantonio, as well as other prominent Cuban intellectuals.
Translated by ESTI