Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) calls on Pope to intercede on behalf of American hostage in Cuba
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has called on Pope Benedict XVI to ask the Castro dictatorship to release Alan Gross, the American aid being held hostage in Cuba for more than two years.
Bill Nelson to Pope: Ask Castros to free Alan Gross
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has asked Pope Benedict XVI to intercede in the case of Alan Gross, the U.S. contracter who's been imprisoned in Cuba for more than two years.
Nelson wrote the pope Wednesday in advance of the papal visit to Cuba later this month. The pope is scheduled to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, and Nelson asked the pope to intercede with the Cuban government.
"These are especially challenging political and economic times; and, it is my hope that you might be able to bring about a compassionate resolution in this case," Nelson wrote.
Last month, one of the Cuba's best-known political dissidents told Congress that the pope should use his power and visibility as a world leader to shine a light on human rights abuses and political oppression under the Castro regime during his upcoming visit to the communist island nation.