Cuba’s communist party boasts of its excellent relationship with the Vatican
There is something disturbingly wrong when the Cuban dictatorship, an entity responsible for the murders of thousands, the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands, and the enslavement of millions, is boasting about its excellent relationship with the Vatican.
Cuban Communist Party highlights 'excellent' ties with Vatican
HAVANA - The governing Communist Party of Cuba emphasized this Saturday the "excellent" state of relations between the island and the Vatican, in anticipation of the visit to the country that will take place March 26 through the 28th by Pope Benedict XVI.
"Classified as excellent, the ties between both states were strengthened by trips made by (then) president Fidel Castro Ruz in 1996 to the Holy See," and to Cuba by "Pope John Paul II in 1998," said the official newspaper Granma in a report about the Vatican.
The newspaper of the Communist Party highlighted that Cuba "was one of the first" countries in Latin America to establish "diplomatic relations" with the Vatican "on July 7, 1935," and that those links have been maintained "since then without interruption."
"Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, was the first foreign dignitary received" by Raul Castro "after being elected president" of Cuba "in February of 2008," substituting his sick brother Fidel Castro, said Granma.
In his first tour of Spanish speaking nations in Latin America -- he visited Brazil in May of 2007 -- the Pope will arrive in Santiago de Cuba from Mexico on Monday, March 26th, where he will be received by Raul Castro at the airport according to the visit schedule.