Friday, June 18, 2010

Top Vatican Official Arrives in Cuba; Hopes to Help Gain Release of Political Prisoners

The Zenit website reports today (June 18, 2010) that a top official from the Vatican Secretariat of State is in Cuba for a six-day trip that has given him the opportunity to express hope that negotiations over political prisoners will continue to give fruit, and to reiterate opposition to the the U.S. embargo of the island.

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states, was welcomed in Havana on June 15. His visit commemorates the 75th anniversary of the establishment of relations between the Holy See and Cuba.

On June 18, Archbishop Mamberti celebrated a Mass in the Havana cathedral to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Benedict XVI's pontificate.

He also participated in the unveiling of a plaque commemorating Pope John Paul II's apostolic trip to Cuba.

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