Pope Francis is scheduled to say Mass by a huge portrait of Castro’s hangman when he visits Cuba:
Ernesto “El Che” Guevara adopted German economist Karl Marx’s views of religion with pride. He was 39 when he died fighting for his atheist revolution in Bolivia in 1967. But Cuba has been shifting away from the Communist ideals Guevara envisioned.
A sign of this was set to play out Sept. 20th in the Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana. Cubans will celebrate a historic Roman Catholic Mass under the gaze of the iconic image of “El Che.”
The controversial image portrays “El Che” as a hero. The stenciled beret is a sign that the physician engaged in guerrilla war alongside Fidel Castro. The 118-foot sculptural silhouette was inspired on Cuban officials’ order to place an enlarged photograph by Alberto Korda during a government event.
Go here to read the rest. PopeWatch is of two minds about this. On the one hand the Cuban government will treat this as a propaganda coup. On the other hand if Che had been told back in ’59 that in 2015 a Pope would be saying Mass in Revolution Plaza to a huge cheering throng he would have swallowed his cigar. From that angle it definitely has a dying Julian the Apostate, “Thou has conquered O’ Galilean”, feel for the Castro regime to it. We shall see how it plays out.