Havana Archbishop, Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino was given permission by the Castro dictatorship to appear on Cuban State television to address the nation regarding the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Cuba.
Cuba cardinal makes rare televised speech about Pope Benedict XVI’s impending visit
HAVANA — Cuban authorities granted Havana’s Roman Catholic cardinal a rare chance to address the nation Tuesday night on state-controlled television about the imminent arrival of Pope Benedict XVI.
I believe our good friend Zoé Valdés put this development in proper perspective when she said (my translation):
“At last, 53 years later, a figure from the Catholic religion appears on Castroite television, which in reality does not represent any achievement for the Cuban people but solely and exclusively for the Castroite church. […] May the virgin forgive for, but boy do I detest that obedient and ass kissing Catholic jargon.”