Friday, March 23, 2012

Pope Benedict: communism no longer works in Cuba

Pope Benedict XVI has said that communism no longer works in Cuba and that the church is ready to help the island find new ways of moving forward without "trauma".

Speaking on the plane taking him from Rome for a trip to Mexico and Cuba, the pope told reporters: "Today it is evident that Marxist ideology in the way it was conceived no longer corresponds to reality."

Responding to a question about his visit to the island, a communist bastion 90 miles off the coast of the US, Benedict added: "New models must be found with patience and in a constructive way … we want to help."

Benedict, who is due to arrive in Cuba on Monday after a three-day visit to Mexico, called for freedom of conscience and freedom of religion on the island.

guardian.co.uk, Friday 23 March 2012

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