Photo of the Day: Berta Soler and Pope Francis
It would be great to have an audio recording of the words exchanged. But...well.... at least we know that they speak the same language, and that Berta knows how to deliver a message. As Cubans would say: "ella no tiene pelos en la lengua." (She has no hairs on her tongue - she can be brutally frank.)
This was not a private audience. Every wednesday morning the pope celebrates mass, delivers a brief talk to a large invited audience, blesses them, and then mingles with the crowd. Getting a spot in the front row is difficult and takes some clout.
Berta was well placed, and had a chance to catch the pope's eye. And he may have been alerted to her presence.
It may seem like an insignificant encounter to some, but this is a big deal, and the rulers of the Castro Kingdom will gnash their teeth when they see this photo. The Cuban flag draped between the two figures in white will be a great irritant to the tyrants, because they refuse to accept the fact that Cuba belongs to all Cubans, not just to their slave-drivers and those slaves who agree to submit to the lash. .
So, even though this was a brief encounter, it delivers a potent message.
Pope Francis linked up with Berta in the midst of a large crowd. Sad to say, but Benedict XVI would have probably avoided the Lady in White.