Miami Herald report on papal visit to Cuba completely ignores the thousands of political arrests it prompted

In an article analyzing the impact Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba last year on the island, The Miami Herald’s Mimi Whitfield manages to write an article almost 1,200 words long without making one single, solitary mention of the more than 6,000 politically motivated arrests that took place on the island during and in the months following the pontiff’s visit.

I guess old habits are hard to break.

Gauging the impact of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s visit to Cuba

In the year since then-Pope Benedict XVI visited Cuba with a message of “reconciliation,” change has come to Cuba but even greater change has come to the Roman Catholic Church.

Though no one present during the March 26-28, 2012 papal visit would have imagined it, a new pope has been installed as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and Benedict has resigned and taken the title of pope emeritus.

But Benedict, who appeared physically frail as he made the demanding trip to Mexico and Cuba, perhaps foreshadowed his decision to leave the papacy in his departing words to Cubans: “Goodbye forever…. May God bless your future.’’

In the intervening year, Cuban leader Raúl Castro has announced he plans to retire in five years and named an heir apparent, a devastating hurricane swept Santiago where Benedict celebrated mass, and Cuba has announced a new policy that will make it easier for Cubans to travel abroad and for Cubans previously banned to return for visits.

The Cuban Church is preparing a new pastoral program that will set its course for the next five years. And Good Friday will once again be a national holiday in Cuba. The government, which was once fiercely anti-religious, made it a holiday for the first time last year in a nod to Benedict’s visit.

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6 thoughts on “Miami Herald report on papal visit to Cuba completely ignores the thousands of political arrests it prompted

  1. Not a word about the pope’s refusal to meet with the VERY Catholic Ladies in White for even ONE minute (as Berta Soler explicitly pleaded) due to a supposedly jam-packed schedule, even though he had NO problem meeting with Fidel Castro and his dubious brood, including his hideous witch of a concubine, for THIRTY minutes, complete with nauseating pictures for international dissemination of the pope petting and stroking the old godless monster. Not a single fucking word. Oh, yeah, I think Whitfield is totally on top of the story–and I respect her accordingly. Lord have mercy.

  2. Evidently, the Herald is NOT “reporting” with informed Cuban readers in mind. I have very little use, if any, for this kind of diluted pablum.

  3. “Diaspora.” Check. “Change the rhetoric.” Check. “Reconciliation.” Check. “I felt so, so close to the Cuban people.” Yeah, and Bill Clinton feels our pain. Well, shit happens.

  4. This papal visit was a virtually unqualified disgrace. Any analysis that fails to acknowledge that is neither credible nor respectable. But then again, neither is the Miami Herald, especially when it comes to Cuba.

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