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Cardinal George to visit Cuba; Church influence on the rise

June 18, 2010

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the president of the US bishops’ conference, will visit Cuba next week.

The cardinal’s trip will take place at a time when Cuban government officials are showing a new willingness to heed the voices of Church leaders. Earlier this week the regime released a political prisoner, Ariel Sigler Amaya, after the intervention of Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino of Havana. This week government leaders have been meeting with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States. [See today’s separate CWN headline story.]

For formal purposes, the trip by Cardinal George returns a visit to the US by Archbishop Dionisio Garcia of Santiago de Cuba, the president of the Cuban bishops’ conference.


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