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Pope Francis played significant role in secret talks to normalize relations between U.S. and Cuba
New York Daily News ^ | 12/18/2014 | Deborah Hastings

Posted on 12/18/2014 6:48:40 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The Vatican played a significant role in healing relations between arch foes Cuba and the United States, officials said Wednesday.

Pope Francis was personally involved in secret negotiations between the longtime enemies, sources said Wednesday, as the historic announcement was made in Washington D.C. The pontiff sent private letters to President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro over the summer, urging them to turn their swords into ploughshares.

The Pope expressed "warm congratulations for the historic decision" to resume relations, the Vatican said in a statement Wednesday.

The Vatican and an undisclosed Canadian location served as top-secret areas for negotiations between Cuban and American officials.

Florida Sen. Mark Rubio, a Cuban-American and a Catholic, called out the Pope for mixing in politics, but praised his help in gainting freedom for an imprisoned American. Rubio also criticized Obama for reaching an agreement with Castro, saying the President was trying to "appease rogue regimes at all costs."

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Cuba; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: cuba; normalization; popefrancis; prisoner; rubio
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1 posted on 12/18/2014 6:48:40 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Why not? At best, they're all statists at heart.

At worst they're all comrades.

(Not completely decided on the Pope).

2 posted on 12/18/2014 6:50:22 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Commies sticking together.


3 posted on 12/18/2014 6:50:49 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

Rubio’s becoming a real strong voice who doesn’t wait for a poll to determine his views. I’m liking him more every day.


4 posted on 12/18/2014 6:51:14 AM PST by grania
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To: SeekAndFind

Pope Francis = Obama of the Vatican


5 posted on 12/18/2014 6:51:15 AM PST by twister881
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To: SeekAndFind

Doesn’t the Pope have a huge church to run?
Kerry,Obama and the Pope are a trio out to advance the cause of world socialism.


6 posted on 12/18/2014 6:51:44 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: SeekAndFind

Reagan
John Paul II
Thatcher

Obama
Francis
Fidel


7 posted on 12/18/2014 6:52:03 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: SeekAndFind

The Pope ought to stick to theology. That picture of an eager, smiling Obama shaking the blood stained hand of Castro is shameful and disgusting. Obama is envious that the Castro brothers were able to torture and murder their pesky opponents with impunity. Obama is a vile man with an evil heart. The Pope was played for a fool.


8 posted on 12/18/2014 6:52:27 AM PST by allendale
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To: SeekAndFind

Why? A Pope negotiated for the USA?? Since when??


9 posted on 12/18/2014 6:54:29 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

The Pope is a Jesuit. This explains plenty, including the false vows of poverty and being “one with the downtrodden”. The history of the Jesuits belies all of that, but does put them in a position to aid evil people like obamaumao and the castros, Alarcon and the entire 3-4 generations of the ruling class of cuban totalitarian elitists, who live off the Canadian/Euro tourist money as they maintain the island Gulag.

It makes perfect sense. And in the spy world— look to the FBI’s Hansen— who justified his actions by his “religion”.
Useful idiots to the world socialist/statists.


10 posted on 12/18/2014 6:56:38 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/08/obama-alan-gross-zunzuneo-cuba-twitter-usaid


11 posted on 12/18/2014 6:57:35 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I was thinking that January 20, 2017 couldn’t come soon enough. Then I realized we may be faced with a Clinton or a Bush in the Oval Office — a disaster either way.


12 posted on 12/18/2014 6:57:54 AM PST by twister881
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To: Paladin2

I’m not sure. 40 years of embargo havent brought the Castros down. Why not try another tactic? People see the life of the Cubans in the USA and bring down Raul.


13 posted on 12/18/2014 6:58:58 AM PST by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: SeekAndFind

The socialist Pope at work again for the left.


14 posted on 12/18/2014 7:00:12 AM PST by stockpirate (The Republican leadership are all fascist/Socialists, just like the fascist democrats.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The pope, like all communists, believes that Cubans live in poverty because of the embargo, and not because of communism. In their world view, the USA is the big bad guy with all the money.
It’s obvious that we will be forced to pay billions to the castros as reparations for yankee imperialism.


15 posted on 12/18/2014 7:01:34 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What is the antithesis of John Paul II?

Now we know.

No more Western Hemisphere popes, please.


16 posted on 12/18/2014 7:02:22 AM PST by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The Ends)
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To: Sacajaweau

“A Pope negotiated for the USA?? Since when??”

Behold the New World Order. The United States of America, her Constitution, her Soveriegnty, even her borders and protection of American citizens, are all becoming nothing but history. Obola is already a petty dictator and no one has the guts to stop this descent to third-world status.


17 posted on 12/18/2014 7:03:33 AM PST by bluejean (The lunatics are running the asylum)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is possible that he believed there were many dogs there that needed certain things to get to heaven...


18 posted on 12/18/2014 7:06:47 AM PST by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: Paladin2

” Commies sticking together.”

Follow the money, too.


19 posted on 12/18/2014 7:09:48 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (The only people in the world who fear Obama are American citizens.)
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To: Farmer Dean

The statists view The State as their god and church.


20 posted on 12/18/2014 7:13:19 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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