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Papal condolences following Fidel Castro’s death

November 28, 2016

Pope Francis has sent a message of condolence to Raúl Castro, president of Cuba’s Council of State, upon the death of his brother, Fidel Castro, the Communist revolutionary who overthrew the regime of Fulgencio Batista and ruled the nation from 1959 until 2008.

“On receiving the sad news of the death of your dear brother, His Excellency Mister Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, former president of the State Council and of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, I express my sentiments of sorrow to Your Excellency and other family members of the deceased dignitary, as well as to the people of this beloved nation,” the Pope said in his November 26 telegram.

The Pope added, “At the same time, I offer prayers to the Lord for his rest and I entrust the whole Cuban people to the maternal intercession of our Lady of the Charity of El Cobre, patroness of that country.”


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  • Posted by: Kansas Girl - Nov. 30, 2016 1:11 PM ET USA

    I can't help viewing this Pope as a good man but a misguided liberal. We need to pray, pray, pray.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Nov. 29, 2016 2:16 AM ET USA

    Entrusting the whole Cuban people to Our Lady is essential in any dictatorship and especially this one which seems quite entrenched in spilt blood.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Nov. 28, 2016 9:01 PM ET USA

    It's hard to feel any sorrow, but I pray that he saw the light at the end and repented of the evil he did to Cuba.

  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Nov. 28, 2016 8:44 PM ET USA

    It wasn't enough that Francis avoided acknowledging the many victims of the Castro mafia when he visited Cuba. Now he has to insult their memory by praising the mass murderer who victimized them.

  • Posted by: skall391825 - Nov. 28, 2016 6:21 PM ET USA

    He is tripling down on his liberalism. It's now embarrassing and disconcerting, as well as unfortunate for already maleducated youngsters who will be led astray. May Our Lord help us.