Here are the two revolting articles published in today’s L’Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican. Cotton candy reporting by Mario Ponzi, who has given a whole new meaning to the term “Ponzi Scheme.” Spun sugar: a tissue of misinformation, wrapped around a cone of complicity with evil. Among the great accomplishments touted for this papal trip from hell: the Holy Father has requested that Good Friday become an official holiday for the Cuban people. Yes, that will help. A feast day for eleven million crucified Cubans, who line the Carretera Central from one end of the island to the other. Read it and weep. Or seethe. Try not to go into seizures when you read this part: “Afterwards Benedict XVI and the President of Cuba came out on to the patio of the Palacio de la Revolución to greet the throng of journalists, photographers and cameramen, who had flocked there to immortalize the warm handshake exchanged by the two men.”
Pero mira que pesados son estos cubanos gusanos del exilio, siempre quejándose de todo, totalmente obsesionados con lo que perdieron, sacando a luz las faltas del prójimo, comiendo mierda, esperando la esfinge de la justicia y el fantasma de la caridad cristiana.. Le zumba al mango, &^%$#@!
Arriving in Santiago de Cuba after saying farewell to Mexico
An island of hope
Cuba, island of wonders and pirates, island of Márquez and Hemingway, of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, of Felix Varela and José Martí, enchantment and delusion, a legend to some, a prison to others, and today it is found to be an island of hope. It is a hope sprung from the warm embrace reserved to the Padrecito blanco, who comes in the name of Mary to celebrate what seems to be a new spring.
The Cuban’s meeting with the Pope, just arrived in Santiago de Cuba, strongly desired, stirs up the memory those days in January, 1998, when John Paul II, in that same Plaza de la Revolución where Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass in Havana on Wednesday morning, his second Mass on the island, fed the the light of a faith, hidden perhaps but never extinguished. That same faith accompanied, accompanies now and will continue to accompany the Cuban people on their journey towards a better future which everyone wants, despite the renunciations more or less obligatory, of the challenges old and new and of the many sacrifices awaiting them still.
Benedict XVI meets Raúl Castro
Pope’s request for Cuba
The private meeting between Benedict XVI and Raúl Castro took place on Tuesday, March 27, at the Presidential Palace in Havana and lasted for about 40 minutes, while at the same time the Vatican Delegation, led by the Cardinal Secretary of State, and the Delegation of the Cuban Government, led by the Vice-President of the Council of State and of the Council of Ministers, held a similar meeting. Among the topics discussed Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ, Director of the Holy See Press Office, announced “the expectations of the Cuban Church and her desire to expand here further, to make a positive contribution to the country’s good”. Fr Lombardi also mentioned the request that Good Friday be recognized as a holiday in the Caribbean island which the Pope made to President Raúl Castro of Cuba, recalling that in 1998, at the end of his visit, John Paul II had asked and obtained from Fidel Castro similar recognition for Christmas Day.
Afterwards Benedict XVI and the President of Cuba came out on to the patio of the Palacio de la Revolución to greet the throng of journalists, photographers and cameramen, who had flocked there to immortalize the warm handshake exchanged by the two men.