Posts Tagged ‘Castro’

The mystery of Fidel Castro’s faith

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The Jesuit-educated Fidel Castro rejected the Church of his childhood following the 1959 Cuban revolution, and for two decades never met a bishop. But then came a book-long interview with a Brazilian friar, and growing closeness between Church and state in Cuba — as well as tantalizing signs that Castro was seeking reconciliation with his Read more

Pope going to Cuba: Atheist Castros praise Christian values

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Baptized as Roman Catholics and educated by Jesuits, Fidel and Raul Castro turned against the Church by declaring Cuba an atheist state, chasing out priests and shutting down religious schools after seizing power in a 1959 revolution. In their old age, however, they have brought the Church in from the cold and are gracious and Read more

What Pope Benedict got wrong in Cuba

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

When Pope Benedict XVI travelled to Cuba two weeks ago, he was acting within a long tradition. Popes, after all, are not only spiritual leaders, they are representatives of the oldest continuous absolute monarchy in the world, which traces back to the Apostle Peter two millennia ago: The Holy See has been engaging in diplomacy Read more

Benedict XVI and the lament of the hawks

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Three decades ago, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger rose to fame as the architect of the Vatican’s crackdown on liberation theology in Latin America, which he saw as a dangerous baptism of Marxist class struggle. That stance made Ratzinger a hero to anti-communist stalwarts everywhere, the perfect intellectual complement to John Paul II’s muscular challenge to the Read more

Cuba reponds: Good Friday a one-time holiday

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Cuba has responded to Pope Benedict’s visit by announcing that this coming Good Friday will become a ‘one-time’ national holiday. Minutes before Benedict departed from Cuba on March 28, President Raul Castro told the Pope of his desire to declare Friday, April 6 a holiday “as an exception, and in consideration to His Holiness and Read more

Benedict asks that Cuba recognise Good Friday as holiday

Friday, March 30th, 2012

At a 40 minute personal meeting between Cuban president Raul Castro and Pope Benedict, the Holy Father asked for Cuba to recognise Good Friday as a holiday. Noting that John Paul II asked a similar request of Fidel Castro about Christmas and it was restored as a national holiday, Vatican Spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi SJ said, Read more

Pope returns crocodile before possible meeting with Castro

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Ahead of his visit Pope Benedict extended a gesture of friendship and returned a 60cm crocodile to Cuba, its native country. The endangered crocodile was smuggled into Italy by an Italian tourist and was captured in the thief’s kitchen by wildlife experts. Blessed by the Pope’s chief of staff Monsignor Giovanni Angelo Becciu, and named Benedictus, Read more

Castro to rejoin Catholic Church

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

There are rumours afoot that Fidel Castro may rejoin the Catholic Church. The chatter in Rome is that Castro is preparing to be readmitted to the Church when Pope Benedict visits Cuba next month. Speculation went viral as two Italian daily newspapers, La Repubblica and La Stampa reported that the committed revolutionary atheist and ailing octogenarian had Read more