Cuba’s Ladies in White fear violent crackdown by regime during papal visit

Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the island means a lot to Cuba’s apartheid regime. As a broker of the one-sided deal between the Castro dictatorship and President Obama, the controversial pontiff was instrumental in practically saving the repressive totalitarian regime of the Castro brothers from economic collapse. Furthermore, the Pope’s diligent work on behalf of the violent and viciously repressive Castros is a huge step in guaranteeing their monarchical rule will continue on to the next generation of the self-appointed ruling family. Therefore, just as it happened during the previous pope’s visit, there is no reason to believe the jackbooted thugs of the Castro regime will not be out in full force cracking some dissidents skulls before, during, and long after the Vicar of Christ’s visit to the island.

Via the Catholic News Agency:

Ahead of papal visit, Cuba’s Women in White fear government crackdown

.- The leader of a human rights group is concerned that the Cuban government will repeat its 2012 crackdown on opposition activists when Pope Francis visits the nation next month.

During Pope Benedict XVI’s visit three years ago, Cuban officials made arrests and took other actions to keep the dissidents from communicating with each other, said Berta Soler, leader of Women in White, a group of wives and other relatives of jailed Cuban dissidents.

“We’re really worried,” Soler told CNA last week. “When Pope Benedict XVI came to Cuba they shut down telephone lines in an area of some 15 to 25 miles. They did the same to the cell phones of human rights activists and their close relatives.”

She said the government put them under surveillance three days before Pope Benedict’s arrival.

“Cuban officials began arresting all the human rights activists so we couldn’t participate in the Masses the Pope celebrated in Santiago de Cuba and Havana.”

Pope Francis will visit Cuba Sept. 19-22.

“We’re waiting (to see what will happen), we’re thinking the same thing is going to happen when the Holy Father Pope Francis comes,” Soler said.

Nevertheless, she stated that Women in White as well as other human rights activists will try to go to the Masses because “we want to be close to the Holy Father.” She said they know that they’re going to be arrested.

Soler met with Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Square in May 2013 and sent a letter to the pontiff through the nunciature and through friends. She asked the Pope: “When you come to Cuba could you listen to us even for a few minutes?”

The dissident leader reported arrests of the Women in White and other opposition activists on recent Sundays.

“We’ve been going out now (to march) for 18 Sundays and we can take it for granted that the Castro regime is going to come after the Women in White and the human rights activists on Sunday, Aug. 23rd… because we’re deep into our #TodosMarchamos (We’re all marching) campaign to free the political prisoners.”

She said that the Castro government is assembling “paramilitary mobs organized and financed by (the regime) to physically and verbally attack us.” National police and state security agents are also involved.

Continue reading HERE.

Representatives Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, and Curbelo write USCIS director letter on behalf of enslaved doctors from Cuba trapped in Colombia

From the offices of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL):
Photo: Shark Tank

Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, and Curbelo Write Letter to USCIS Director on Behalf of Cuban Doctors in Colombia

Miami, FL – U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) sent a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez regarding the Cuban doctors eligible for the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program (CMPP) who are currently in Colombia, after fleeing Venezuela, and awaiting a response concerning their status. Additionally, Ros-Lehtinen’s office has begun to receive notices that some of the CMPP cases have been approved although many more are still pending resolution.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I’m gratified that applications of a few Cuban doctors have been approved under the CMPP but much more remains to be done. My colleagues and I are committed to ensuring the proper attention is paid to those who took a great risk by fleeing medical missions in order to escape the horrific forced labor environment orchestrated by the tyrannical Castro regime. I urge Director Rodriguez to assist the applicants in Colombia and our U.S. embassy to process these cases and find resolution for those Cuban medical professionals who are eligible to come to the United States.”

NOTE: To view the letter, please click here

“Only oppression should fear the full exercise of freedom.”

It’s been about a month now since we did some major housekeeping around here and changed the look and feel of the blog. While there were some complaints about fonts while we tried different things out (everyone’s an art director), we’re very happy with the end result. One of the real benefits of this new layout is how mobile friendly it is. Our old look simply didn’t work well on smartphones. We hope this will lead to more readership as mobile is taking over the majority of web traffic.

One of the elements we lost when we switched layouts was a watermark with a quote from José Martí that had been part of the blog since the beginning in 2003. Alberto and I decided to go with an illustration of Martí in the sidebar. We thought about who might be willing to help us out with our budget of zero dollars.

The name that came to my head was Gyula Nemeth. Gyula is a graphic designer who reached out to us a few years back to offer an illustration of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet.

Im a graphic designer residing in Budapest, Hungary.
Ive been following the Cuban situation for years by
now (i have a thread about the subject on a Hungarian
I would really like to help the Babalu Blog -and the
cause- with a graphic design about Biscet if you are
willing to receive it.
Of course if you need an icon or a logo of any kind,
im gladly helping you out.
Im looking forward to your answer,
Gyula Nemeth

It turned out that we needed an illustration for a standup display for Cuba Nostalgia so we were quick to jump on his offer. This is what Gyula created for us. This illustration adorned the sidebar for years, until Biscet was released the Castro regime.


After that generous contribution I dubbed Gyula the Hungarian Honorary Cubiche.  Later he did illustrations of Celia Cruz and then The Ladies in White.

celia winwhr-305x400And here’s another Cuban-themed illustration he did on his own.


So I asked him to do one for us of José Martí. We wanted something simple and clean. Modern yet evocative of Martí, who was such a man of his time.  And this is what he came up with.


I really couldn’t be more thrilled with it. If you’re a fan of great illustration then you should like his Facebook page and check out his website. He’s done a ton of interesting work, including illustrations for the Panini collectibles company.

If somebody is the embodiment of a mensch, it’s Gyula Nemeth. Thank you so much!

Guess when this Cuba story was written

I can’t think of any other narrow topic propaganda that has been recycled so much and for so long than what you hear and read about Cuba.

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

When Was This Cuba Story Written?, Pt. 2

The following article could have been written this week — and some variant of it probably was — by a journalist speculating about the “unprecedented” opportunities Obama has created for telecom in Cuba; how it will “promote freedom” in Cuba; and the “impediment” of the embargo.

Yet, none of the above is true.

So when was this story actually written?

From The Orlando Sentinel:

Let Cuba Hear The Voice Of Freedom – Pick Up The Phone And Call

One ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingies . . .

”Hola, this is from Norte America, George Washington country, land of the free.”


”We’re having arroz con pollo today, fried plantains, salad with all the fixings and a beautiful flan eggcustard for dessert. You could have such a wonderful meal, too. But first, you must get rid of Fidel.”


* * *

One ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingies . . .

”Hola, this is from Norte America, land of opportunity. Today we are honoring Cuban patriot Jose Marti by serving a roast pig, black beans and rice, and a special pineapple bread that’s out of this world. Plus, a mango shake. You should try it. We would love to share. But first, you must get rid of Fidel.”


* * *

One ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingies . . .

”Viva Cuba Libre! This is los Estados Unidos. We are thinking of you as we sit down to a picadillo dinner. Nothing fancy – it’s a weekday. We’re using ground sirloin. It’s only about $3 a pound. What does it cost in Cuba? We heard ground beef goes for $25 in the black market – if you can find it. You don’t have to pay those prices, you know, chico. When are you going to get rid of Fidel?”


* * *

It has been three days since phone service between the United States and Cuba was made easier by direct-dialing capability offered by AT&T Corp. and rival MCI. Another four long-distance phone companies also have plans to make the direct-dial service available.

Continue reading and find out when HERE.

Reports from Cuba: Demagoguery: A cardinal sign of the Cuban “Revolution”

By Jeovany Vega in Translating Cuba:

Demagoguery: A Cardinal Sign of the Cuban “Revolution”
I want you POOR, fanatic, worshipful and grateful

A few weeks ago we were amusing ourselves with news reports about the vacation tour of Prince Tony Castro. Apparently, tired of playing golf in a country where 99.99% of the natives have never set foot on a golf course, the only Cuban participant in the latest Ernest Hemingway Fishing Tournament (and, coincidentally, its only winner) decided to hop over to the opulent hotels of Turkey. None of this would be especially notable if Tony were the heir to the throne of the Sultan of Brunei; but he is no more and no less the son of the most vertically anti-capitalist personage of the second half of the 20th century: the feudal lord Fidel Castro.

By now, however, nothing should surprise us, because demagoguery was always the most cardinal sign of Fidelism from its first moments of existence. This same dictator took it upon himself to practice it whenever he could, raising it to the level of an Olympic sport. Fidel’s ambivalent posture in those first days of the Revolution, making assurances that he was not a communist–only to later shed his skin when circumstances were propitious–is established historical fact. But besides this facet inherent to his high politics, in the personal sphere, also, Fidel always maintained a double life, until time and the public confessions of various high-ranking officials, disenchanted with the Bearded One’s lechery, revealed the truth.

Thus we learned that this gentleman always had multiple lovers. Then I remembered how an uncle of mine, a principled militant communist, and honest (whom I remember on more than one occasion asking my mother for some change so that he could buy cigarettes at the Artemisa Coppelia that he himself managed) was expelled from the Party for the unpardonable sin of having a lover.

A little more recently, following the death of Antonio Gades, we would find out that the Iberian artist was the baptismal godfather of the children of Raúl Castro himself. Then we would recall then how for decades, Party membership was denied to thousands of sympathizers of the regime precisely because of their religious beliefs–and even much worse, how thousands of workers were harassed, and how the future of tens of thousands of young people was truncated as they were expelled from their university studies for not having denied their faith.

Now we know that the feudal lord was a consummate connoisseur of wines and expensive cheeses, and we also learn about all those mini-palaces, yachts, foreign vacations, children sent to European boarding schools, and private hunting preserves for the exclusive use of the olive-green oligarchs–or rather, about a long saga of bourgeois privileges that for decades the big shots enjoyed on the backs of my people.

We should in no way be surprised now that the dandy Tony Castro should treat himself to a little getaway, renting a “humble” yacht worthy of Bill Gates, and pay thousands of dollars in luxury hotel stays for hismelf and his entourage. After all, the boy is only doing what he saw his elders do.

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The D.C. Ivory Tower that threw Cuba under the bus

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo in PanAm Post:

The DC Ivory Tower That Threw Cuba under the Bus

Cubanologist “Change” Is Unalterable Fraud
The leaders of the free world, who prefer to maintain the status quo rather than venture into uncharted territory, have already given its blessing Cuba’s plan of succession.

Everything had to be thought of for us poor, unfortunate, incompetent Cubans. US academia conceived our national destiny — up to the very last detail — beginning in the early 1990s, a quarter of a century ago. While this proposition should have been left in the past for archeologists to discover, it has now become a future fossil of our nation in disarray.

Indeed, “Cuba” as a topic is pondered upon with greater clarity from a distance, within Georgetown University, for example, rather than at the University of Havana. In 1993, a scholar from Georgetown, the intellectual heart of Washington, DC, drew the sketch of Cuba’s transition from Marxist totalitarianism to state capitalism. This was a direct flight from dictatorship to dictocracy, without a single layover in democracy. Poor unruly Cubans, we would not know what to do with freedom!

You can still see this for yourselves on Amazon; the title is Cuba in Transition, Options for U.S. Policy by Gillian Gunn, who was the director of the Caribbean Project at Georgetown University at the time. She was later accused by Chris Simmons of having been a spy for the Castro regime, which she denied, calling the idea “preposterous.”

In any case, Uncle Sam’s logic couldn’t be more discriminatory: why have yet another third-world subdemocracy in the US hyper-imperial democracy’s backyard? To find more corruption in Latin American administrations and even more violence among Continental Caribbeans? To add yet another failed constitutional state to the love-hate relationship? Weren’t Cubans already acquiescently accustomed to decades of tyrannical discipline?

Ever since the yankee military invasion in 1898, it is evident that we poor Cubans — with our pseudo-republics and local super-revolutions — don’t deserve much more from the United States. Yes, “todos somos Americanos” (we are all Americans), as Barack Obama stated in his elementary-level Spanish at the White House in December. However, “some of us are more American than others,” as George Orwell would have probably said if he had heard this statement himself.

The truth of the matter is that what would be found intolerable by any given US citizen all of a sudden should be tolerated by 12 million Cubans on the island and the other 3 million living in exile around the globe: Castroism must be the criterion for truth; the revolution is an infallible source of the right to perpetuity of power; our sovereignty does not depend on the participation by the people but rather the participation of a corporate-military elite.

And this is the extremely dangerous message being sent from Washington, DC, to the rest of the hemisphere: pecking order is pragmatically imposed above any historic injustice and immoral system. Rights are the private property of those who remain in power (this is why in the Cuban constitution the Communist Party’s monopoly in politics is still enshrined with impunity).

The migratory apartheid, imposed on one fourth of the Cuban people who cannot reside permanently in their own country, is a factor which ensures regional stability. And much worse: Cuban cadavers lack international prestige. Which is why the UN officials are unconcerned about the children assassinated in the Florida straits on order from Havana. It’s also why the mortal attempt on Oswaldo Payá‘s life in July of 2012 did not cause a break in the secret diplomatic pact among Cuba, the United States, and the European Union: because far beyond ideological labels, power always supports power.

And this is also an extremely dangerous message for Washington, DC, since it retains its antipodes as allies. The US democracy is guilt-ridden and cowers from promoting democratization. They are abandoning victims to fend for themselves, and instead hugging their aggressor.

Continue reading HERE.


Quote of the Day – U.S. interests not served by one-sided deal with anti-American tyranny 90 miles away

Sen. Marco Rubio on the Pope, Cuba, and Obama’s one-sided deal with the apartheid Castro regime.


“The pope has a different job than I do. The pope’s job is to be the spiritual leader of the Catholic church, and to always call us to unity and brotherly love, and I understand that… But I’m a U.S. senator, and my job is to serve the national interests of the United States. I do not believe it is in the national interest of the United States to have a one-sided agreement with an anti-American, communist tyranny 90 miles from our shores.”

As human rights situation in Cuba worsens, imprisoned dissident artist El Sexto begins hunger strike

John Suarez has more coverage of the worsening human rights situation in Cuba after Obama’s surrender to the apartheid Castro dictatorship and the hunger strike by imprisoned Cuban dissident artist El Sexto.

Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Cuban artist initiates hunger strike after 8 months jailed without a trial

“El Sexto” jailed for 8 months without trial and now on hunger strike

Cuban performance artist, Danilo Maldonado “El Sexto”, has been arbitrarily detained since December 25, 2014 for attempting to carry out a performance art piece.  Two weeks ago he had been told that he would be released on August 24, 2015. The day came and went and on the eighth month of his detention without trial “El Sexto” initiated a hunger strike at Valle Grande prison in Havana.

The rapper Maikel Oksobo “El Dkano”was sentenced on January 28, 2015 to a year in prison for “pre-criminal social dangerousness” and is currently serving out this unjust sentence.

The human rights situation in Cuba continues to deteriorate and their is a correlation with the new Cuba policy that through its actions send a clear message to the dictatorship that trade not human rights is the new priority. 674 detentions were documented in the month of July 2015 alone. On August 21, 2015 two young activists, Jordys Manuel Dosil Fong (age 30) and Reinier Rodriguez Mendoza (age37) were subjected to a political show trial in Cuba and sentenced to prison for “pre-criminal social dangerousness.” Jordys Manuel was sentenced to three years in prison and Renier was sentenced to two years in prison.

Continue reading HERE.

Blame it on the weather: Is extreme drought behind the Castro regime’s recent creative approach to diplomacy?


Forget the demise of Venezuela: It seems that the weather could  be a major  driving force behind Castrogonia’s recent diplomatic maneuvers.

Yeah.  It doesn’t take much to push that disastrous island nation over the edge, and towards creative solutions that don’t involve giving in a millimeter to its enemies or granting freedom to Cubans.

First came the collapse of the Soviet sugar daddy, which forced Castrogonia into luring European and Canadian capitalists to create its apartheid tourist industry.

Then came the collapse of the Venezuelan sugar daddy, which forced Castrogonia into creating phony “private” enterprises that could shrink the black market and bring in tax revenue.

Now comes the collapse of the environment.

The island of Cuba is in the throes of an epic drought.  And this disaster is making it import more food than ever.

That’s a fact, not rumor, or an opinion.

The solution?  Castro logic leads to a simple solution: Blow kisses to the Yanquis and get them to end the “embargo”!  Yeah.  Let’s get those suckers in the U.S. to sell us food on credit!

Pay it back? Naaah. Are you kidding? Fuhgeddabouddit.  No me jodas.  We never pay what we owe.  We produce nothing and have no way of paying anyone anything.

But those dumb-ass American farmers and their lobbyists will send us the food we need for free!

And their lame-ass president will claim a great “historic” legacy for himself as part of this demonic bargain!


From Philippines News Agency | Xinhua:

Cuba’s agriculture threatened by worst Caribbean drought in 115 years

Cuba’s agriculture is being threatened by the worst drought to hit the Caribbean in over a century, jeopardizing plans for the island to achieve its long-desired food independence.

The government is currently spending around $2 billion to import 80 percent of the food needed to meet the demands of its 11.2 million inhabitants, with President Raul Castro calling on Cubans to produce everything that could be harvested in the country.

Since 2008, Castro’s administration has delivered over one million hectares of state-owned unused land to more than 70,000 new farmers while easing rules and regulations for the granting of bank credits and for the free trade of food.

However, these plans are now at risk from a severe drought currently afflicting the entire Caribbean Basin. Considered to be the worst drought in the region in 115 years, it is particularly hard in Cuba.

The lack of rainfall in Cuba which may worsen in the coming months has damaged thousands of hectares of sugar cane and vegetable crops, among others. It has also forced authorities to supply water to over a million people.

Continue reading about this natural disaster HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE… or just google “Cuba drought 2015”

Pope Francis meets Cuban President Raul Castro at the Vatican


Cuban dissidents rally in Puerto Rico for real change: Cuba activists declare civil liberties ‘non-negotiable’

Belen Marty in PanAm Post:

Cuban Dissidents Rally in Puerto Rico for Real Change

Undeterred by Embassy Pleasantries, Activists Declare Civil Liberties Non-Negotiable
Some 200 Cubans met in Puerto Rico to establish a common strategy to achieve democracy on the island.

Following the opening of the US embassy in Havana, Cuban dissidents both on and off the island gathered to discuss what’s next for the democratic opposition.

On Thursday, August 13, the United Cubans of Puerto Rico hosted the first National Cuban Meeting, “Uniting Two Shores,” in San Juan, Puerto Rico. More than 200 dissidents from 23 organizations based in Cuba, and 32 abroad, attended the two-day affair.

In the end, the workshop’s participants agreed to push forth a binding plebiscite to bring free, fair, and plural elections to the island.

During the meeting, organizers randomly appointed participants to different working tables, and each table then chose a representative to share strategies on how to effectively restore individual rights and democracy in Cuba.

Attendees agreed unanimously that to ensure freedom for the Cuban people, and the rule of law, certain basic principles would not be negotiable: freedom for political prisoners; the repeal of all legislation that restricts freedom of speech, association, assembly, and religion; and the legalization of all political parties to allow free and multi-party elections.

Once they reached common ground, coordinators agreed to begin work on a non-violent campaign to demand the plebiscite, and to “educate and train pro-democracy leaders in civil-disobedience tactics.”

They also agreed to work toward ending internet restrictions in Cuba, and to find a way to provide dissidents on the island with the technological tools necessary to organize and disseminate the action plan. Furthermore, participants appointed a commission to monitor these goals and publish a progress report within six months.

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, a member of Cuba Decides, told the PanAm Post that his organization’s recommendation for a plebiscite ended up being one of the principal proposals to come out of the meeting.

“We want a new framework in which the government dares, for the first time, to ask the public a question of order. The questions for the plebiscite have not yet been decided, but they could be: ‘Raul Castro, yes or no?’ or ‘communists, yes or no?’” Pardo Lazo said.

Continue reading HERE.

Tales from the normalization circus: Dissident artist “El Sexto” goes on hunger strike in prison

El Sexto
El Sexto

From Marti Noticias (my abridgment and translation):

Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto”, who has been locked away in Valle Grande prison in Havana for over 8 months, has just told his mother that he is initiating a hunger strike to protest his incarceration.

Prison authorities had promised El Sexto’s family that he would be freed on August 24th.  When family members went to the Valle Grande prison, to pick him up,  they waited fruitlessly for several hours only to be told by an agent from the Office of Attention to Citizens that the prison had not received any order to release El Sexto.

“Danilo and all of his family are being subjected to psychological torture.  The authorities are all liars, and they are trampling (pisoteando) the Cuban people,” said El Sexto’s mother. “They abuse us all continually.”


El Sexto has yet to be charged with a crime and no trial date has ever been announced.

He was imprisoned eight months ago for painting the names “Fidel” and “Raul” on two pigs.

“The Voice Project” web site has launched a “Free Sexto” campaign.  Go here  for that.

So much for the normalization circus, which many ignorant people are calling “the thaw.”

El Sexto is only one of many Cubans arrested and jailed for purely political reasons AFTER the Obamazo of December 17.

A few days ago, on August 21, 2015, a kangaroo court convicted  two young activists Jordys Manuel Dosil Fong (age 30) and Reinier Rodriguez Mendoza (age37) of “pre-criminal social dangerousness”  and sentenced them to long prison terms, merely for posing a potential threat to the Castro regime. Jordys Manuel was received a three-year sentence and Renier a two-year sentence.

Dissident artists and musicians staged an underground protest concert last week for “El Sexto” that was attended by his friends and family, despite harassment and intimidation from the Castronoid authorities.

Click the image below to watch that concert.


Reports from Cuba: The cost of steak in Cuba

By Alberto Mendez in Translating Cuba:

The Cost of a Steak in Cuba
Remains of a freshly slaughtered cow

Cubanet, Alberto Mendez Castello, Las Tunas, 21 August 2015 — “The crime of theft and slaughter of cattle continues at high levels in Puerto Padre,” the official press reported in July.

The prosecutor Jose Luis Pupo Rueda said in an interview broadcast on the radio that, beyond the lack of control of the cattle and poor supervision of both state and private herds, a factor that encourages the theft of cattle is the existence of “a market because of the meat situation.”

What the prosecutor called “the meat situation” is the total absence of beef in stores or its supply under the state monopoly at prohibitive prices.

One kilogram of minced beef, with 10% fat, costs 5.05 convertible pesos (over $5.00 US), or 126.25 “Cuban” pesos (CUP), i.e., almost half the 260 peso monthly pension of a retired worker.

In the informal market, meat from stolen cattle or those “lifted” from state slaughterhouses is much cheaper and of better quality. It costs 25 CUP a pound.

“And if you have old people or children in your house and have nothing to feed them, you buy meat without asking where the cow came from,” a woman confessed to this reporter. She has elderly parents and two little grandchildren in her care.

“I do not blame them [the illegal butchers] or hate them, the real culprit is the State with its laws,” said a cattle rancher who has lost thousands of pesos at the hands of cattle rustlers said. “They stole three mares from me, a breeding stallion, two bulls and I don’t even know how many cows, but this is a dance I’ve had to dance with the worst people,” he said with a farmer’s philosophy.

By Resolution Number 329, and according to the rules set forth by the Institute of Agrarian Reform on October 1, 1962, the Cuban government established full control over the trade of beef, the slaughter of cattle and the disposition of their flesh, limited only to the State.

In Cuba the slaughter of cattle and meat sales between private parties became a crime “against the national economy,” initially punishable by two to five years in prison.

As those sanctions did not stop the continuous theft of cattle, they were increased to the range of four to ten years in prison for those who slaughter the animals; while selling, transporting or in any way trading in beef can lead to sentences of between three and eight years in prison. A person buying such meat can go to prison for from three months to one year.

To give an idea of ??how much slaughtering livestock is punished in Cuba, note that the penalty of ten years imprisonment that judges can impose in such cases is less than the courts are empowered to apply the crime of murder. “He who kills another, shall be punished by imprisonment from seven to fifteen years,” says Article 261 of the Criminal Code.

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Get your “calmantes” (tranquilizers) ready! Papal visit to Castro Kingdom is just a few days away….

Pope Francis Meets President Of Cuba Raul Castro

,,,, And here is the busy schedule for Pope Francis, Vicar of Christ, which includes a “courtesy visit” with monster Raul Castro and none at all with dissidents

Saturday, Sept. 19

— 10:15 a.m. (4:15 a.m. Eastern), Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino airport for Havana.

4:05 p.m. Arrival ceremony at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. Speech by pope.

Sunday, Sept. 20 (Havana)

9 a.m. Mass in Havana’s Revolution Square. Homily by pope. Recitation of the Angelus.

4 p.m. Courtesy visit with Cuba’s President Raul Castro in Havana’s Palace of the Revolution.

5:15 p.m. Celebration of vespers with priests, religious and seminarians in Havana’s cathedral. Homily by pope.

6:30 p.m. Greeting to young people at the Father Felix Varela cultural center in Havana. Remarks by pope.

Perfect backdrop for papal mass in Havana

Monday, Sept. 21 (Havana, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, El Cobre)

8 a.m. Departure by air for Holguin, Cuba.

9:20 a.m. Arrival at Holguin’s Frank Pais International Airport.

10:30 a.m. Mass in Holguin’s Revolution Square. Homily by pope.

3:45 p.m. Blessing of the city of Holguin from Cross Hill (Loma de la Cruz).

4:40 p.m. Departure by air for Santiago de Cuba.

5:30 p.m. Arrival at Santiago de Cuba’s Antonio Maceo International Airport.

7 p.m. Meeting with bishops at the seminary of St. Basil the Great in El Cobre.

7:45 p.m. Prayer to Our Lady of Charity with bishops and the papal entourage in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.


Tuesday, Sept. 22 (El Cobre, Santiago de Cuba, Washington DC)

8 a.m. Mass in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre. Homily by pope.

11 a.m. Meeting with families in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption in Santiago de Cuba. Speech by pope. Blessing of the city from the outside of the cathedral.

12:15 p.m. Farewell ceremony at Santiago de Cuba’s International Airport.

12:30 p.m. Departure for Washington DC, USA.

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