Date set for Pope’s visit to Cuba

The Vatican has announced March 26 through the 28th as the dates Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting Cuba.

Pope Benedict XVI to visit Cuba March 26-28

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(Reuters) – Pope Benedict XVI will visit Cuba on March 26-28 and perform two open-air masses on the communist island as part of his upcoming trip to Mexico and Cuba, Roman Catholic Church officials said on Sunday.

The 84-year-old pontiff was to fly from Mexico and arrive in the eastern city of Santiago, where he will be met by President Raul Castro, and then go on to Havana on March 27.

He will perform masses in the main plazas — both known as Revolution Square — of the two cities and also visit Cuba’s most famous religious icon, the statue of the Virgin of Charity in the town of El Cobre, the Church said.

The purpose of the papal visit is in part to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the relic, said to have been found by three fishermen floating in a bay in eastern Cuba.

3 thoughts on “Date set for Pope’s visit to Cuba”

  1. Reuters:

    “The purpose of the papal visit is in part to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the relic, said to have been found by three fishermen floating in a bay in eastern Cuba.”

    But of course, the real purpose of the trip from now until the pope sets foot on the island is:

    To divert the already diverted attention [whatever meager attention the mainstream media spared them] from the dissidents to Cuba’s wonderful reforms under raul including the broadening religious freedoms thanks to the magnanimous raul.

    Prepare for an ever increasing amount of coverage, editorials and opinion pieces with the usual suspects asking for complete normalization of relations because of this “unprecedented” visit from the pope.

  2. The purpose of the papal visit is to be the crowning moment of Ortega’s career and to enshrine the Ortega Plan as the route to follow for the RCC in Cuba. Benedict will be more or less Ortega’s mouthpiece. After all, Ortega is the Vatican’s top expert on Cuba, now isn’t he?

  3. The purpose of the visit for Castro, Inc. is pretty much as Ray said. In other words, another PR bonanza, with the MSM dutifully playing along as usual.

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