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Cardinal George visiting Cuba as Castro government shows new interest in Church

June 24, 2010

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the president of the US bishops’ conference, is in Cuba this week for meetings with Church and government leaders. The American prelate’s 2-day trip follows immediately after a visit to Cuba by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States.

Cardinal George is returning a visit by Archbishop Dionisio Garcia Ibanez of Santiago, the president of the Cuban bishops’ conference, to Chicago last year. The trip comes at a time when the Cuban government has shown a new willingness to listen to the voice of the Catholic hierarchy.


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