During a Mass in Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI shared his selective memory of his recent visit to the island of Cuba:
(AGI) Vatican City – “I reminded everybody that Cuba and the World need changes, but they will be possible only if everyone opens to the integral truth on man”, as Pope Benedict XVI summarized the meaning of his pastoral visit to Cuba, where the Church is starting to enjoy a certain freedom of action.
According to the Pope, in Cuba “it is necessary a patient dialogue among the different components of the Cuban society”.
On his departure from Cuba, thousands of people greeted him on his way to the airport, despite the pouring rain. “During the leaving ceremony – the Pope said to the 25,000 believers that today were in Piazza San Pietro – I reminded all components of the Cuban society that in the present time they are all called to make an effort of sincere collaboration and patient dialogue, for the sake of their country. In this perspective, my presence on the Island, as witness of Jesus Christ, was intended as an encouragement to open the doors of the heart to Him, who is the source of hope and strength to help the growth of good. For this reason I greeted the Cubans exhorting them to rekindle their fathers’ faith and edify an increasingly better future” . .
Here are a few important details from that trip that the pope chose not to share, and perhaps would rather forget:
– The brutal beating and arrest of Andres Carrion when he courageously protested during a papal Mass
– The wave of repression and arrests of Catholic dissidents throughout the island during his visit
– Completely ignoring and marginalizing the Ladies in White
– Cardinal Jaime Ortega employing Castro political police to forcibly remove dissidents from a church sanctuary
– Cuban State Security’s complete takeover and total control of all official papal events
The list can continue, but you get the picture.