HAVANA – The Cuban government on Wednesday emphasized the “fluid, profound and constructive” communication it is maintaining with the Catholic Church and added that it feels that “all the conditions” exist for “these fruitful exchanges” to continue.
Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez made these observations in Havana at a joint press conference with the Vatican’s top diplomat, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, who said that he hoped that his visit to the island will serve to “strengthen” the dialogue between the Cuban government and the local church hierarchy.
“Monseñor Mamberti is arriving in our country at a very favorable time. The Catholic Church in Cuba, the Cuban government and the Cuban lay state have maintained a fluid, profound and constructive communication,” Rodriguez said.
Mamberti met Wednesday in the Cuban capital with Rodriguez at the beginning of his official visit to the island to commemorate the 75 years of bilateral diplomatic links. The archbishop is also here to participate in the local Church’s 10th Social Week.
The visit of the papal emissary to the communist-ruled island comes at a time marked by the open dialogue process between the government of Raul Castro and the Catholic hierarchy concerning political prisoners and other matters that – so far – has resulted in the release of one ill dissident and the transfer of 12 other detainees to prisons nearer their families.
At the joint press conference, Mamberti recalled that one of the objectives of the Holy See’s diplomatic efforts is “to favor dialogue between local churches and the authorities of different countries.”
“We congratulate ourselves for the dialogue that is now under way and I hope that it is also strengthened by my visit,” said the papal envoy, who added that it was “very important” that the efforts has produced solid results. EFE