terça-feira, 22 de setembro de 2015

Pope in Cuba: Between the sacred and the revolutionary

After Havana, the Pope Francisco visited the birthplace of the Castro brothers, Holguín, in Eastern Cuba.

At a time when diplomatic relations with the United States were reestablished, but the embargo still persists, this Pope's visit is seen as an aid to the rapprochement between the two countries because, after Cuba, Francisco leaves for the United States.

The mass was attended by about 150,000 people. Religious imagery mixed with the revolutionary, with images of Christ and of the Virgin between citations of José Martí. Never criticize directly the Castroism, the Pope said Cubans must serve each other, not an ideology.

The crowd should be repeated in Santiago de Cuba, the last step before departure for Washington.

Behind the human rights groups in Cuba have revealed a more obscure facet of this papal visit: detention, house arrest or enhanced surveillance of at least one hundred opponents of the regime.

The Pope was still with Fidel Castro. The two men exchanged books and ideas on topics such as the environment and the global economy.

Pope Francis and Fidel Castro have 'relaxed and friendly' meeting in Cuba http://t.co/jfFhMy7tVn

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