Cuba initiates discrete rapprochement with emigrants
The government of Raul Castro is initiating discrete rapprochement with Cuban emigre in the U.S. and other countries who are looking to quell tensions from the past half-century and realistically accept the ties that distance and ideology have not been able to break.
The backdrop for this rapprochement is the “reconciliation” promoted by the Catholic Church for the 2012 Jubilee Year marking the 500 year anniversary of the apparition on the island of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, the national patron saint, that is being celebrated during the visit by Pope Benedict XVI March 26 through 28.
The archdiocese of Miami, the capital of anti-Castroism, is preparing a pilgrimage to Cuba during the papal visit for hundreds of Catholics, an event that was unsuccessful during the historic visit by John Paul II in 1998, but now does not have obstacles preventing it since Raul Castro now has permanent dialog with the Church since May of 2010.
Raul Castro, who took over control from his sick brother Fidel in 2006, announced in August 2011 migratory reforms, which have yet to be implemented, “as an incremental contribution to the connection between the nation and its community of emigrants.”
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