(RNS) Standing more than 9 feet tall, the crucifix is made of wooden oars as a symbol of migration. It was given to Francis by Cuban President Raul Castro during the pontiff’s visit in September.
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) No official confirmation was given, but “concrete steps” are being taken to make it happen.
“Generation after generation, day after day, we are asked to renew our faith,’ the pope said. “We are asked to live the revolution of tenderness as Mary, our Mother of Charity, did.”
HAVANA (Reuters) – Overall, an estimated 50 dissidents have been detained and prevented from attending papal events, said a Cuban human rights group.
HAVANA (Reuters) In his speech, Francis urged further backing for Cuban Catholics “so that the church can continue to support and encourage the Cuban people.”
VATICAN (RNS) His Cuba and U.S. visits could heighten the pope’s clout as a moral authority on the world stage.
The church — repressed for decades after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution — now has more autonomy than any organization outside the Communist Party.
Dissident groups say none on the list are political prisoners. Cuba released 53 political prisoners in conjunction with last December’s announcement of detente with United States, engineered with the aid of Pope Francis.
Fidel and Raul Castro turned against the Church decades ago, now, in their old age, they have brought the Church in from the cold.