Raul Castro and Cardinal Ortega gather for papal visit
Cuban President Raul Castro met yesterday with the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, to discuss the progress of preparations for Pope Francis’ visit to the island from 19 to 22 September, informed the State television on the island.
During the meeting, President Castro and Cardinal Ortega also discussed about "matters of mutual interest in relations between the Cuban state and the Catholic church in Cuba," according to the television report of the meeting in which Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and the historian of Havana Eusebio Leal also were present.
The Cuban leader said in July in a speech to parliament that the island is preparing to welcome the Pope with "affection, respect and hospitality, as he deserves."
The Pope will travel to the island in the year of the 80th anniversary of uninterrupted diplomatic relations between Cuba and the Vatican and in the middle of the process of rapprochement between the governments of Havana and Washington.