mercredi 4 avril 2012

Cuba / Vatican: Fifty years of excommunication for Fidel Castro Alejandro Ruz.

Fidel Castro (85 years) was excommunicated January 3, 1962 by Pope John XXIII.
"He had just declared Marxist-Leninist, announced that it would lead Cuba to Communism in his historic speech of December 2, 1961 and to show open hostility to the Catholic religion by expelling 131 priests," says El Universal.
According to the Venezuelan daily, the pope "had relied on the decree of Pius XII prepared by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which established excommunication for anyone who would disseminate communism". More than half a century later, the pain of excommunication has never been lifted, said the Venezuelan daily El Universal.
This did not prevent the former pupil of the Jesuits to be received by John Paul II in Rome in 1996, nor the latter to visit the island in January 1998. In March 2012, Pope Benedict XVI has traveled to Havana but excommunication of Fidel Castro is still not officially lifted by the Vatican.
By inviting Pope Benedict XVI in Havana, Fidel Castro had told Bishop Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, the archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, "This is a pope that I like. (...) It's a good person, I knew right then watching his face, the face of an angel "
The threshold of his death, the last revolutionary Marxist rediscovers his faith ...

1 commentaire:

  1. On top of his admiration for Benedict XVI, Fidel ought to ask for forgivenes from the Pope.A lot of water has flown under the bridge.