March 14, 2012
) In a rare move, the government allowed Habana's Cardinal
, Jaime Ortega to talk about the Pope's coming trip
to Cuba in the country's state controlled television air waves. The information was aired on a outlet called Educational Channel 2.
For roughly 25 minutes
, the cardinal talked about the Pope, explaining that he's visiting Cuba as a 'pilgrim,' to strengthen a faith that needs to be awakened.
Since the 1959 revolution, the communist government
has held tight controls on the Church and its presence in the media. In fact from 1962 to 1992, the country's constitution stated it was an atheist country.
But now the government is apparently making an effort to welcome the Pope with open arms. Cuba's government run newspaper called “Granma”
recently published a front page editorial welcoming
the Pope in his coming trip to the island.
The article says it's an honor to welcome the Pope. It also says they will receive him with respect and affection. The article also adds that thousands of Cuban's area ready to welcome the Pope during his public events