Cuba's government TV to broadcast address by Cardinal Ortega
March 13, 2012
Cuba’s government-controlled television will broadcast an address by Havana’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino on March 13, in preparation for a visit to Cuba by Pope Benedict XVI later this month.
Cardinal Ortega’s televised broadcast—a rare break from the government’s usual tight control of the media—is a clear sign of the new influence that the Catholic Church enjoys in Cuba. The government under Raul Castro has eased some restrictions on the Church, and worked with the Catholic hierarchy to arrange the release of political prisoners.
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