Pope Visits Cuba

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Cuba today after a three-day visit to Mexico. It’s his first time visiting both countries. During his visit to the island nation, the Pope says he hopes to build on the dialogue and cooperation ushered in by his predecessor, John Paul II — whose visit in 1998 was considered groundbreaking.

How do locals feel about the current Pope’s visit? And what, exactly, is the Pope’s desired outcome of the visit? Sarah Rainsford, Havana correspondent for our partner the BBC, joins us from Cuba.

Guests:

Sarah Rainsford

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Ed from Larchmont

We love our pope!! He is brilliant. The Mexican government outlawed priests and many were martyred, including Blessed Pro who died by firing squad saying 'Vivo Cristo Rey!'. Now, the governor of that same state hands Pope Benedict a switch to turn on the new light system that illuminated the huge statue of Jesus - the statue of Cristo Rey.

In Cuba it is the 400th anniversary of Our Lady of Cobre, and the government has made moves toward some religious liberty, and there is now a seminary. There was a public Stations of the Cross, a public Catholic devotion. The discussion of religious freedom in Mexico and Cuba resonates with our country, though we're moving in the opposite direction.

Mar. 26 2012 06:12 AM

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