March 30, 2012
travel ban Cuba
Pope Benedict XVI concluded his three-day visit to Cuba with a call for "change" on the island, which gratifyingly elicited chants of libertad, or freedom, after the Wednesday mass in Havana concluded.
The pope pressed for greater room and space for
The pope made time for
There might be some left disappointed the pope did not condemn Cuba's dictatorship in harsher terms, or offer, in person, support for dissidents and the regime's opponents. Those aspirations, however, were unrealistic.
From the start, Pope Benedict XVI's purpose was to bolster the standing of
Decades of repression and government-imposed atheism have eroded the Church's standing. Catholics are now a small percentage of the island's population.
We hoped he would make a case for secular-based freedoms, and he did. But it would have been an extremely difficult feat for the pontiff to have prodded for greater religious acceptance while also uttering even stronger and overt political themes.
Now, going forward, those who advocate for a transition to democracy in
For decades, pro-democracy advocates, including South Florida Cuban Americans, have looked to a parade of world leaders and dignitaries to travel to
What's a better idea? Rely more on people, and less on world leaders.
We will again argue, as we have in the past, that the
Few policies serve the Castro brothers' interest, and the interest of their dictatorship, better than the travel ban.
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