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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.

Via the Herald's Naked Politics Blog:

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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.

3 comments to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) calls on Pope to intercede on behalf of American hostage in Cuba

  • pototo

    told you so.....
    propaganda 101
    Get a high profile guest to make you look good. Castro frees Gross because of the pope. Both feed off each other in Cuba.

  • FreedomForCuba

    Indeed pototo,

    In the meantime the Pope plays cozy with the Castro brothers while abandoning the rest of the eleven millions prisoners in the island to their fate as nothing changes in Cuba and Fidel and Raul Castro are legitimized in the eyes of the world by the RCC.

    This is so pathetic and disgusting...

  • Honey

    And Nelson says nothing about his not meeting with dissidents.