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|Society & You - Social Critic|
|Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:03|
Preparations in the Revolution Square for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI
Since November 10, 2011 the Vatican announced Pope's trip to Cuba and Mexico, the only countries in Latin America to visit, Cuban bloggers began to offer their opinions.
Nine days after the official communication, Jasmine Silvia Portales published in Letters from Cuba, Fernando Rasvberg blog on the BBC, an article which again challenged the hegemony of the Catholic religion in Cuba.
In addition, Cuban blogger who calls himself a Marxist, not heterosexual and African descent, criticized the positions of Pope Benedict XVI with respect to "the recent pedophile scandals facing the Catholic Church, condom use, the right to divorce."
The visit precedes the pilgrimage of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre , declared Patroness of this Caribbean island on May 10, 1916 and crowned by Pope John Paul II in January 1998.
To the blogger and advocate of sexual diversity Francisco Rodriguez, popularly known as Cuba's Paquito, "the Virgin of Charity is certainly much more than a religious symbol. His legend is part of Cuban culture, source of spirituality for many people and a source of inspiration and unity throughout much of our national history. "
However, according Paquito :
The LGBT community of the island confesses "expect nothing from this visit." The blogger Hawkeye recalls:
Moreover, the blog Santiago in me , written from the Cuban province where there will be the first mass, takes a sense of humor typical of the Cuban population to describe the significance of the visit of the Pope.
In parallel, the opposition based in the island recently starred occupations in temples of Havana and Holguin. Although there are different versions of events, various media reported that dissident groups sent a letter to the Archbishop of Havana to be delivered to Pope Benedict XVI. According to a report from IPS ,
However, a press release issued by the Archdiocese of Havana rejected the occupation of the temples.
The publication of an editorial in the official newspaper Granma has also raised a variety of opinions. In the article, the official organ of the Communist Party of Cuba called to welcome Benedict XVI to "affection and respect." In a " strictly personal confession , "the blogger Luis Toledo Sande considers:
Subsequently, Sande highlights the work of the Cuban authorities to ensure the reception of the Pope in a respectful and quiet.
Despite the political and religious disagreements, to some Cuban bloggers this visit will be positive, "is seen as one of the highlights from this still young 2012."