How Blessed John XXIII helped resolve the Cuban missile crisis
Catholic World News - November 11, 2011
At Crisis, Ronald Rychlak recalls that Pope John XXIII played an important role in reducing Cold War tensions during the Cuban missile crisis.
With the US and USSR in a nuclear showdown, President Kennedy contacted the Pontiff, who issued a statement calling for leadership in the cause of peace. The public statement gave Nikita Khrushchev the opportunity cast himself in the role of peacemaker, Rychlak argues. Two days later the Soviet leader agreed to withdraw nuclear missiles from Cuba.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($23,258 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!