Pope Francis Wishes Cuba-U.S. Relations Come to Fruition
Pope Francis will urge Congress to bi-national understanding “as a sign of progress in coexistence” and will not mention the blockade directly, although he stated the traditional position of the Holy See in this regard, which is opposed not only to this one but also to “other cases of blockade.”
Since the island was the country visited, CubaDebate had the privilege of asking the first of the seven questions of the Vatican press, answered by Jorge Bergoglio on flight AZ4000 .
The Supreme Pontiff also acknowledged that he is “glad for having met the Cuban people, the Cuban Christian communities” and asserted that “the meeting with the families at the Santiago Cathedral was very nice, very beautiful.”
He gave details of his meeting with Fidel in Havana and admitted that the Cuban leader was very interested by the Pope’s Encyclical “Laudato Si” where the Pope calls for justice for the needy and encourages the implementation of the famous “comprehensive ecology.”
During the flight, which lasted about three hours, journalists transcribed and translated the entire press conference, in which Pope Francis replied sometimes in English and sometimes in Italian:
-His Holiness, it has been an honor and a pleasure for me to accompany you on this trip, and a great joy. My question is a little predictable. I would like to know your view on the U.S. blockade against Cuba and if you will talk about it to Congress.
– “The problem of the blockade is part of the negotiation. This is public. The two presidents have discussed this. It is a public issue which is on its way towards the good relations that are tried to be achieved. My desire is that they come to fruition, that an agreement that satisfies the two parties is reached.”
“Regarding the position of the Holy See with respect to blockades, previous Popes have spoken about it, not only about this one, but also of other cases of blockade. There is social doctrine of the Church in this regard, I mean. It is very precise. ”
“With regard to the US Congress, I have already prepared the speech, so I can not say it. I’m thinking about what I’m going to say, but not specifically about this issue, but rather in general, about bi-national or multinational agreements as signs of progress in coexistence. It’s going that way. The topic is concrete… I am trying to remember and I do not want to talk nonsense, but the issue is not mentioned specifically. ”
acn, September 23, 2015