Cuba literally rolled out the red carpet for Pope Francis as he landed there this afternoon to be greeted by Raul Castro and deliver a brief speech to an adoring crowd.
The normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba is just getting underway, with the American flag being raised over the newly reopened embassy in Cuba during a ceremony in mid-August. “We are gathered here because our leaders made a courageous decision to stop being prisoners of history,” said Secretary of State John Kerry. Pope Francis seems to agree, and said today that the example set by the United States and Cuba should be an example for the world.
— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) September 19, 2015
Another example set for the world today: the absence of Cuban dissidents from the Pope’s visit. Castro cleansed the official American flag raising ceremony of dissidents by arresting nearly 100 the Sunday before Kerry’s arrival, along with 50 “Ladies in White,” a group made up of wives of jailed dissidents.
Let's hope that the Pope in applauding US-Cuba relations also mentions this: Cuba detains dissidents: visit http://t.co/fCKIlW6m6T
— Christopher Sabatini (@ChrisSabatini) September 14, 2015
Last year, Cuba gave permission for the construction of the country’s first new Catholic church in 55 years — a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba’s communist government.
— VICE News (@vicenews) September 19, 2015
So the Pope in Cuba won't be meeting with dissidents apparently. That should be seriously questioned
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) September 19, 2015
@adamhousley Neither did Kerry. Right?
— Nels (@debitking) September 19, 2015
@adamhousley I seriously question a lot of political actions from the Vatican, and I am Catholic.
— Christa Cooper (@MissMarple2) September 19, 2015
— Tom T. ن®?? (@VRWCTexan) September 19, 2015
Hypothetical question: What would happen if Raul Castro had the Pope imprisoned as an enemy of the revolution? Discuss.
— ¡El Sooopèrr! ن c137 (@SooperMexican) September 19, 2015