The Vatican’s No. 2 has dismissed suggestions that Cuba’s Communist government could exploit Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming trip as a propaganda tool, saying the visit should help promote democracy on the island.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said he expects an outpouring of support for the pope because he is the head of the Catholic Church and the visit will only make things better for the Cuban church.
“I don’t believe the visit will be exploited by the government,” Bertone told the Turin daily La Stampa
“Keep repeating and repeating it Cardinal…Me and my handlers chanted the the same thing about my Cuba visit…Just keep an eye on that Mauricio Claver-Carone guy, who dug up my signature for Free The Cuban Five. That skunk can really rain on your parade.”