Raul Castro lauds Pope Francis, vows to attend ‘all his Masses’ in Cuba in September

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Cuban President Raul Castro (R) smiles as he meets Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican May 10, 2015.


Cuban President Raul Castro, right, smiles as he meets Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican May 10, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia/pool

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Raul Castro stopped in Rome to meet the pope to thank him for the Vatican's mediation between the United States and Cuba.

  • samuel Johnston

    This is the most important indication of Pope Frances’s political agenda yet.
    Liberation theology is not dead, and the Jesuits are resurrected once again.

  • Fran

    He is trying to bring peace that will only be realized through the forthcoming millennial rule of Christ Jesus, the King of God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Isaiah 11:1-9) and the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

    His efforts will prove futile as he is not promoting God’s kingdom as THE only source of that worldwide peace, which Jesus promoted when he was on earth (Matthew 4:17; 24:14).

    Also, Jesus did not get involved in worldly politics since his Kingdom is no part of this world (John 18:36).

  • Betty Clermont

    As leader of the RCC – an adjunct of the global plutocracy – the pope helped open Cuba to corporate investments and profits.
    Bergoglio is a life-time opponent of liberation theology. He preaches hand outs but, like the men who elected him, he opposed progressive government which seeks to address the causes of poverty. And every single one of his appointments are equally opposed.
    The Castro brothers are not stupid. Like all leaders who have beaten a path to the Vatican, they recognize power.

  • Greg

    This is nothing new. Pope John Paul II stopped in Cuba, as well. The pope should visit any country where the Catholic Church exists, as it does in Cuba. His goal is to complete the bringing down of Communism, which has led to the destruction of the Christian Faith worldwide. In 1917 Mary appeared to three children in Fatima Portugal. And she asked for the pope to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, and if that request was not heeded, then Russia would spread her evil throughout the world. Well, the consecration never took place, and 30 years later, Russia did indeed spread its evil through Communism. In 1984 Pope John Paul II finally performed the consecration asked for, and within a few short years, Communism fell. That is how heaven works. And this pope visiting Cuba, one of the last strongholds of communism, is significant. In our day, however, Secular Atheism is the new Communism. Our Lord suffers much:

  • samuel Johnston

    “Mary appeared to three children in Fatima Portugal. ……That is how heaven works.”

    I don’t know which is more pathetic, claims to know the unknowable, or a poor suffering god who doesn’t know how to communicate with his subjects in a believable way.

  • Doc Anthony

    test message only — no commentary

  • samuel Johnston

    Hi Betty,
    I sincerely hope that you are correct and I am mistaken.

  • Greg

    Samuel, the reason God chooses children to relate messages to is for reasons you have clearly displayed yourself:
    Young children do not put up walls like adults do
    Young children cannot lie for very long
    It would be one thing if none of this came true, but indeed all has come to pass as Our Lady had predicted. Mary even told them that two of them would not live long after the apparitions, and indeed, two of them died of influenza within a year. What is interesting is that the Children were given a vision of hell, also, the place where poor sinners go, and each of them described it the same way, and in separate interviews. No, Fatima is very real, and is the prophecy for our times.

  • JR

    Well said, Greg. It’s always funny to me when the world asks for proof of God, and events such as Lourdes and Fatima are balked at as untrue, products of hysteria, or actual creations of the Church. To read the stories of these miracles and God’s use of simple children, one can only conclude that there is no delusion involved. A child’s lie would easily crumble, and these children suffered throughout their lives from constant questions and even pressure from even the Church. Atheists want to remain atheists, probably even when they stand before God someday.

  • Greg

    JR, I know. Atheists simply by their own “belief” choose to turn a blind eye to everything God has done to get our attention. They claim God must prove to them He exists, yet will ignore historical interventions such as Fatima. What all of us must understand is: God is God. He does things the way he does things. If we can just accept that, we have a God who is willing to share His eternity with us, and not just eternity, but eternal ecstasy.

  • Fran


    What was the alleged vision of hell or the common grave (Ecclesiastes 9:5,6,10) about, since only the dead who are not aware of anything at all reside there?

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  • Diogenes

    I never fail to be mystified by dedicated communists who make references/accommodations to a God they don’t believe in. Example: When negotiating arms limitations with the United States, Leonid Brezhnev (sic) said to this effect, ‘God will not forgive us if we don’t ratify this treaty.’

  • Greg

    Fran: 1Peter 3:19: “So [Jesus] went and preached to the spirits in prison” But as for Lucia: “She opened Her hands once more, as She had done the two previous months. The rays [of light] appeared to penetrate the earth, and we saw, as it were, a vast sea of fire. Plunged in this fire, we saw the demons and the souls [of the damned]. The latter were like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, having human forms. They were floating about in that conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames which issued from within themselves, together with great clouds of smoke. Now they fell back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fright (it must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me). The demons were distinguished by their terrifying and repellent like likeness to frightful and unknown animals…”

  • Fran

    Jesus was asleep in death, which all mankind has experienced since the death of our first parents, Adam and Eve (Roman 5:12).

  • Greg1

    Fran you need to look at the totality of Scripture, not just a few passages. As for Lazarus, yes he was sleeping, or at rest, in Abraham’s bosom, likely the place referred to as Limbo prior to Christ’s ascension into heaven. Luke 16: 22 “One day, the beggar died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In the afterlife, where he was in constant torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus by his side. So he shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool off my tongue, because I am suffering in this fire.’ “But Abraham said, ‘My child, remember that during your lifetime you received blessings, while Lazarus received hardships.But now he is being comforted here, while you suffer.” Once our Lord rose from the dead, he brought those souls with him to heaven: Eph 4:8-10.

  • Greg1

    I’m sorry I thought you were referring to the beggar Lazarus. My mistake; but the point is made nevertheless. And again, if you believe you have the right interpretation of a text, then it must apply in every similar text, or else the interpretation must be faulty.

  • Fran


    I was referring to the account at John 11 concerning the literal resurrection of Lazarus by Jesus after Lazarus had been dead for 4 days.

    You are referring to the PARABLE of the rich man and Lazarus provided by Jesus (Luke 16:19-31), which is not literal, but a story with a moral or lesson. In that parable, the rich man class represented the prestigious religious leaders in Jesus’ day (Scribes and Pharisees) who lost a favored position with God because they taught traditions as commands of God Mark 7:7,8) bringing them torment. The Lazarus class represented the common people who hungered for spiritual truths, which they did not receive from the rich man class. But, they did receive them from Jesus, God’s son, and God’s favor. Jesus said at the end of the story, “if they (religious leaders) did not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither would they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead” (Verse 31), the moral. This does not refer to literal hellfire.

  • Greg1

    Fran, we do not know that Jesus was telling a parable there. It really doesn’t read like one, because he uses names in it, and not just generic references such as, “there once was a man who…” In this he names “Lazarus,” and it is likely that the Pharisees he was addressing (Luke 16:15) were familiar him. So we must assume it is a true story, and the points communicated are clear. That in this life, we have a duty to be merciful. The rich man wouldn’t even give the Lazarus the scraps from his table. And what happened when he died? Well, he was sent to the place of torment, which we call hell. And the beggar Lazarus was sent to Abraham’s bosom, the place of peace and rest. This of course was prior to our Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection, prior to Him opening the gates of Heaven on Ascension Thursday. So Abraham’s bosom was the holding place for the Just, awaiting our Lord’s victory, the time when the heavenly Kingdom would be open to them.

  • Fran

    The worldwide resurrection of millions of people who have passed away through the ages (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:14) during the millennial rule of God’s kingdom will prove what is false (hellfire) and what is true (common grave).

  • Fran

    Acts 24:15, correcting my typo. And that resurrection will take place on earth.

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