Pope Francis meets with the Payá family in private audience

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It’s a beautiful photograph.

Oswaldo Payá’s widow Ofelia Acevedo and her children Oswaldo J. Payá, Rosa María Payá, and Reinaldo Payá pose with the current Vicar of Christ in a room that looks more like a cheap motel than a papal palace.  His vestments are wrinkled, his arms hang limp.  He looks tired, but genuinely happy.  This is no preening pope.

Anyone who has been asked to stand for a photo with a group of new acquaintances will recognize the Pope’s pose for what it is: awkwardness personified.  The recently-met strangers have encircled him and he doesn’t know what to do with his arms and hands.

They spoke for a half an hour about Oswaldo’s murder, about Project Varela, about repression in their native land, about the Cuban Catholic Church and its complicity in that repression.  They spoke in Spanish: no need for a translator.

Rosa Maria tweets: “Happy, and grateful to God and His Holiness for receiving us and conversing with us in a private audience.”

How wonderful it must have been.  What a contrast with those awful photo of his predecessor holding hands with Nosferatu in Havana.

I hope Nosferatu and his brother see this photograph.  More than that, I hope it gives them nightmares.

It is so comforting to know that this pope knows that the devil is real.

Let’s see what happens next.

See full report in Spanish at Martinoticias.com, HERE