Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cuba and Pope Francis and President Obama: It's A Christmas Miracle!

 Pope Francis played a "key role" in the historic normalization of relations, 
announced today, between the United States and Cuba. 
As the first Latin American pope, 
he had great credibility in the negotiations, 
said one official quoted in this story. 
As someone named after St. Francis of Assisi, 
he is also someone committed to working for peace. 
Blessed are the peacemakers. - Fr. Martin, SJ

Obama thanked Pope Francis on National TV.

Although negotiations had been brewing for some time, the first face-to-face meeting between Cuban and American officials took place in Canada in June 2013. Many of the ensuing meetings took place in Canada, but senior administration officials said that the Vatican played an important role in bringing the sides together as well. When Obama visited the Vatican in March, he and Pope Francis discussed the issue, and the Pope sent Obama and Castro personal letters to encourage them to press forward with negotiations. - Cuba Releases American Prisoner

There will be lots of press on this - lots!  I think it is wonderful news!

I wonder if the enemies of Francis will now begin to compare him to the Borgia Pope Alexander VI - the only other pope I can think of at the moment who effected any major change in the New World (Treaty of Tordesillas) - I may be wrong of course ...

"We drew the line between Spain and Portugal."
- Papa Alexander VI

Merry Christmas!


  1. Good news, and long overdue. Deo gratias.

  2. I don't get it. Can someone explain to me the cause for joy with this?

  3. I believe Alexander VI gave the Church the custom of the Angelus. We started it again here at San Carlos cathedral in Monterey; kids from the school ring it at noon. The Borgia Pope was bad but...not all bad. Felix Navidad, querido Terry!

    1. That's good to know. Wish it was my parish.

  4. speaking of Alexander VI a friend of mine is on a sort of crusade to set the record straight on this Pontiff. You might enjoy:

    1. Thanks James - I'll check it out.


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