Skip to comments.What’s Next for Faith and Freedom in Cuba?
Posted on 05/04/2012 7:07:48 AM PDT by marshmallow
Cuban opposition leaders struggle to remain hopeful despite disappointment in the wake of Pope Benedicts visit.
For three days in late March, Pope Benedict XVI traveled across Cuba on a tightly choreographed spiritual pilgrimage. During his trip, Benedict met with government and Church officials, celebrated large public masses in Santiago de Cuba and Havana, and made statements meant to lift the spirits of the communist countrys citizens, including its six million Catholics.
I was in Cuba during the Popes visit, my third trip there in four years. I traveled to Cuba, in part, to learn how the Cuban people would respond to the papal visit. I also wanted to know whether Pope Benedicts pilgrimage would contribute to lasting spiritual renewal and political change in Cuba.
I spent a lot of my time with Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet at his home in Havana. Biscet is one of Cubas most prominent dissident leaders and a devout Christian. Last year he was released from prison after nearly 12 years of incarceration for his human rights work. I asked Biscet about the meaning of the Popes visit.
We want Pope Benedict XVI to offer his support to the poor people in Cuba, to the weak, to the rejected, he said. And if he does, the freedom of the Cuban people may be accomplished very soon, because this would result in many voices being raised in favor of the Cuban people and for the respect of their basic human rights.
The Popes trip was dubbed by the Vatican as pastoral in nature, as he was celebrating the 400th anniversary of the miraculous finding of the statue of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre. But any trip to Cuba by a head of state or religious leader involves politics.
Hundreds of Cuban opposition leaders were detained....
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The buzz is that Cuba is about to vastly liberalize their travel and immigration policies.
You know that that means....
Mariel Boatlift II. Many criminals and Communist infiltrators taking advantage of the Dry Foot Policy, along with sincere folks who desperately want to flee.
Out of country remittances from expats becoming a bigger and bigger part of the Cuban economy, a la Mexico.