Tag Archives: Pope Benedict XVI

June 22, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Haiku Hype: The Flutter over Fidel’s Twitter-Length Reflections

Whoa, Fidel Castro in the age of Twitter. Headlines from Miami to London sound the alert.  “Fidel Castro leaves people guessing as he writes cryptic, Haiku-like notes.”  As the Miami Herald put it: In cryptic paragraphs of never more than 65 words, the former Cuban president has written about yoga poses, edible plants,… read more »

June 20, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI Receives Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega

Havana Times – This past Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI met with the archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, reported the Vatican Information Service on Monday. According to news sources, the topics that could have been discussed were those related to the most recent visit to the island by the Catholic Church’s… read more »

May 9, 2012

Marti Broadcaster’s attack on Cuban Cardinal Draws Congressional Ire

Senior Members of the U.S. Congress have written Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the now controversial editorial published by Carlos García-Pérez, the director of Radio/TV Marti, in which he attacked Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega and called him a “lackey” of Cuba’s government. Representatives Jim McGovern, James Moran, Sam Farr,… read more »

April 19, 2012

After pope’s trip, Catholic bishops seek end to Cuba embargo

Religion News Service- Following Pope Benedict XVI’s recent trip to Cuba, U.S. Catholic bishops are pushing the State Department to lift the 50-year Cuban embargo in order to improve religious liberty and human rights for the Cuban people. In a Tuesday (April 17) letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham… read more »

April 6, 2012

Former hard-line exiles return to Cuba to talk

William Booth, Washington Post- The setting was historic. The looming 18th-century Seminary of San Carlos in Old Havana. The attendance remarkable. A hall packed with professors, dissidents, clergy, bloggers, leftists, diplomats. The subject matter once unthinkable. Just after Pope Benedict XVI left Cuba last week, the Catholic Church hosted a… read more »

March 31, 2012

Cuba declares Good Friday a holiday at pope’s request

Reuters- Cuba has declared next week’s Good Friday a holiday following a request from Pope Benedict during his visit to the island, state media said on Saturday. The communist government will decide later whether to make Good Friday, the day Christians commemorate Christ’s death, a permanent holiday, it said. Read… read more »

March 30, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL News Blast: Why the Pope’s Visit Mattered; USAID’s Hidden Documents; Jacobson and Reynoso, confirmed!

Over the last decades, the Catholic Church has moved from the margins in Cuba’s national life to a more influential role. This progress has been mostly defined by decisions taken in Cuba.  But it has also been propelled forward by Pope John Paul II’s trip in 1998 and now by… read more »

March 28, 2012

Pope draws huge crowd in Cuba, meets with Fidel Castro

Reuters – Pope Benedict urged Cubans on Wednesday to search for “authentic freedom” and wound up his trip with a chat with the communist country’s revolutionary icon Fidel Castro. The two octogenarians spoke for about a half an hour in the Vatican embassy after the pope celebrated an open-air mass for… read more »

March 27, 2012

Top Cuban official rules out political change following pope’s appeal for ‘renewal’

Washington Post – A top Cuban official said Tuesday there are no prospects for political change on the communist-run island despite Pope Benedict XVI’s appeals for “renewal” and “a better society.” Marino Murillo, Cuba’s economic czar and a vice president on President Raul Castro’s council of ministers, said that while the… read more »

March 26, 2012

Cuban-Americans head to Cuba for pope’s visit

Laura Wides-Munoz, AP-Natalia Martinez speaks with a clinical distance when discussing her family’s decision to leave Cuba two decades ago. But the graduate student’s cool demeanor falls away when she speaks of returning to her homeland for the first time this week during Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit. “I am… read more »