Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba: “I am convinced that Cuba is looking forward”
March 26, 2012
In a historical event, Pope Benedict XVI arrived today in Cuba, where he directed words to the faithful and those present in the company of Raul Castro. He said the island “is looking forward” and that Christian values will assist in their goals to “broaden its horizons.” This is the first visit by a pontiff in 14 years, and the second in history since the Cuban Revolution.
“Mr. President, Cardinals, Distinguished Authorities, Ladies and Gentlemen. I thank you Mr. President for your welcome and your kind words.”
“To the dear citizens of this beautiful island, I have you always in my heart and my prayers. Now, these days I find myself about to visit you. Being among you, I can not forget the visit of my predecessor, for many, believers or not, his was an example of a light guide. “
“Indeed, he passed through the island was like the gentle breeze of fresh air, raising awareness of the importance of faith.”
“Following in the footsteps of many pilgrims, I also want to go to Copper to prostrate at the feet of the Mother of God and ask for its decision to guide the Cubans on the paths of justice, freedom and reconciliation.”
“I carry in my heart the just aspirations and legitimate desires of all Cubans that their suffering and find joy instead. I am convinced that Cuba is looking forward and strives to broaden its horizons.”