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Pope Benedict XVI - Cuba must open to the world

Posted February 16, 2006 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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“Cuba must open to the world and the world must open to Cuba”. Pope Benedict XVI repeated today the appeal of John Paul II during his visit to Cuba, in a letter he sent to cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, archbishop of San Cristobal de La Habana and president of the Cuban Episcopal Conference, for the XX anniversary of the Cuban national ecclesiastic meeting (Enec). “An opening - wrote the Pope - that implies the verification of how to open heart and will to the things of God; how to mutually open towards our neighbours, believing and confiding one in the other, despite there are different ways of thinking and different beliefs: and finally, how to open in a world context, with the challenges of its possibilities and difficulties at the same time”. According to Benedict XVI, this can only be achieved “through the look of God, a loving look” capable of “reaching the truth of every person, of every group and of those that live in the same land”. A great help can derive from the experience of praying “in the silence and humility of every day’s work, in the faithfulness to the professed religion, in the implicit and explicit announcement of the Gospel”. The Pope sends to the Priests, the religious people and the believers his regards and his “spiritual vicinity”. He invites them to “discover through the experiences the signs and the signals of the God that walks with you. He walks with all those that live on this earth, believers and non believers, those who are close and those who are far”.

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