Pope John Paul II
The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.
South Florida community members are set to gather Saturday at a mass meant to pray for Cuba’s political prisoners.
John Paul II, the beloved former leader of the Roman Catholic Church, has been cleared for sainthood by Pope Francis. The move came after a second miracle was attributed to John Paul II’s intercession.
Pope Benedict XVI stunned the Catholic world Monday morning by announcing his resignation from the job effective at the end of February.
While the Cuban community paraded the 400-year-old statue of the their Patron Saint, the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre into the town of Casablanca; Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega spoke about the Pope’s upcoming visit to Cuba in 2012.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, will visit Cuba this Spring. Monsignor Jose Feliz Perez, who is in Cuba, said Pope Benedict will formally announce the trip on Monday.