When the Pope visits Cuba in September here is one item that he might wish to take up with the Castro regime:
Cuba’s Catholic churches have become battlegrounds against pro-democratic movements, as the Ladies in White, a dissident group composed of mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters of political prisoners, insist on practicing their religion publicly. This has resulted in a larger number of arrests every week for the transgression.
This past Sunday, at least 98 people–a combination of Ladies in White and their supporters, according to pro-democracy leader Martha Beatriz Roque–were arrested after walking in line holding the photos of their imprisoned loved ones, which the Cuban government attacked as an illegal protest. Images surfacing from the incident, thanks to journalists who were also beaten and arrested, show members of the Ladies in White group being hauled away from the scene in two large buses.
Go here to read the rest. Go here to read the assessment of Cuba by Freedom House. Having brokered the deal between the US and Cuba for direct talks, the Pope has a moral responsibility to bring up to his Cuban hosts the fact that their nation is, in effect, a very large prison camp.