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Archdioicese of Miami auxiliary bishop Gilberto Fernandez died Sept. 30, 2011. Born in Havana, he grew up in a family of eight children where four of the five boys became priests. He served four Havana parishes before being forced into exile in Miami in July, 1967.
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Oscar Castañeda, priest in the Archdiocese of Miami
Msgr. Oscar Castañeda, a priest in the Archdiocese of Miami and at one time the rector of the Ermita de la Caridad del Cobre.
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Auxiliary Bishop Agustín Román, built Ermita de la Caridad shrine
Born son of a poor farmer in Cuba, Auxiliary Bishop Agustín Román became a symbol of faith, strength and hope to legions of Catholics and Cuban exiles in Miami. He died April 11, 2012 at 83 on the grounds of La Ermita de la Caridad, the shrine he built to Our Lady of Charity, patroness of Cuba. Expelled from Cuba by Fidel Castro's regime in 1961 he came to Miami in 1966. He was the first Cuban to be appointed bishop in the United States.
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Father John J. Nevins became bishop for Venice, Fla.
In 1984 Pope John Paul II named John J. Nevins, the popular auxiliary bishop of Miami, as leader for the new diocese of Venice, Fla. At age eight, Nevins posed as a boy in a family being interviewed by a census taker for a Saturday Evening Post magazine cover by Norman Rockwell. As a teen-ager, he was a champion Irish step dancer. As a priest, he rose to be a bishop serving as an auxiliary to the Most Rev. Edward A. McCarthy, the archbishop of Miami. He died August 26, 2014.
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Mario Tabraue and exotic animals
Mario Tabraue said in 2000 that breeding and selling exotic animals was "my true love." His west Miami-Dade warehouse contained gila monsters, albino cobras, monitor lizards, anacondas, even a black leopard named Gypsy. Tabraue had been released from federal prison after 12 years of a 100-year sentence because he helped the government build cases against others.
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Monsignor Emilio Vallina, founded Miami's "Exile Cathedral"
A center for Cuban Catholic exiles emerged around the figure of Monsignor Emilio Vallina, to whom Archbishop of Miami Coleman Carroll gave the assignment of launching a parish dedicated to St. John Bosco. Born in Cuba, Vallina died Oct. 19, 2013 at age 87 in Miami. He left behind a legacy of pastoral works, among them the iconic sanctuary in Little Havana that opened its arms to needy and stateless Cuban refugees in the 1960s. St. John Bosco Church became known as the "Exile Cathedral."
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Actress Anita Ekberg
In the 1960 film "La Dolce Vita," Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg splashed in the pool of the Trevi fountain. The scene is famous. Ekberg's beauty was powerful enough to inspire Miami Herald photographer Bob East to include himself in a portrait of her he shot during her 1958 visit to Miami.
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Internationally famed pianist Jorge Bolet was born in Cuban
Herald music critic James Roos called Jorge Bolet the greatest pianist produced by Cuba in the 20th Century. Bolet died Oct. 16, 1990 at his home in Mountain View, Calif. He was 75. It was in 1974, after New York Times critic Harold Schonberg began calling attention to his playing of the Romantic piano literature, that his formidable stature as a virtuoso started to be recognized worldwide. Born in Havana, Mr. Bolet's enormous talent was first noticed at age 9.
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Jay Maeder, Miami Herald People columnist
Jay Maeder was The Miami Herald's Page 2 People columnist before he left for New York in 1985. His column, heavy on sass and exclamation points, was a hugely irreverent blend of gossip and frippery culled from the nation's wire services. But he wrote other stories as well, especially if there were human foibles to be mocked -- or celebrated.
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Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy led the Catholic Church in South Florida
Retired Miami Archbishop Edward McCarthy, who guided the Catholic Church through some of South Florida's most tumultuous times, died at 87 in June 2005. In his 18 years as the Archdiocese of Miami's archbishop, McCarthy opened on average a parish a year while handling waves of mostly Catholic refugees from Cuba, Haiti and Central America. McCarthy scored a coup by cajoling Pope John Paul II to come to Miami in September 1987, the first papal visit in the city's history, and only the third papal journey to the United States.