Photo: Pope's Visit to Cuba
Agenzia Fides is reporting that Cuba has launched a website yesterday in preparation of the Papal visit from March 26 to 28.
Besides the official program of the visit, there are articles on current and relevant data for the Catholic world, like the biography of the priest Felix Varela and a video on the Vatican City. Those browsing the website can also download videos on the historic visit of Pope John Paul II to Cuba in 1998.
The visit of John Paul II marked a new beginning in relations between the Church and the state after decades of estrangement. The official Cuban newspaper “Granma” described as “excellent” the relations with the Vatican in view of Benedict XVI’s visit. The Church in recent years has become an important social protagonist and a regular interlocutor of the government.
As evidence of this situation, the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, appeared on the state television yesterday, March 13, to talk about the Holy Father’s pastoral visit. The newspaper “Granma” has also published an editorial that “welcomes” Benedict XVI during his visit, from March 26 to 28.
Click here to visit the ‘Benedict to Cuba’ website.