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Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches Hold Reconciliation Meeting in Cuba

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Catholic Church leader Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill in the unlikely location of Cuba’s international airport.






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I have been to Cuba several times, most recently in 2013. I'm no friend of Roman Catholicism but Pope John Paul II's visit to that country did start a palpable interest in religion, if not faith in Christ itself. Hopefully, faith in the Lord will come as a result of religion. I'm left wondering what-on-earth the Russian Orthodox Church is doing in Latin America??? I've never seen them there anywhere.


The Cubans I met during my trips to their country were kind and honest. Impressive folk, really. When my rented scooter broke down in a hick town far from anywhere, the locals bent over backwards to help me...and no one expected money. Had this happened in Mexico, I probably would have been mugged or worse. I also recall walking in Havana's poorest neighborhood, «Barrio chino», with a bottle of expensive rum I had just bought (worth a week's salary for the average Cuban, $8), and I never felt threatened.


Contrast this to my recent trip to Columbia last January. The hotel staff told the guests that we should not be ouside the downtown area after 6pm...




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