Cuba: the Nuncio and the "Big News"

By Armando F. Valladares, September 8th,2014, Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre Celebration


August 25, 2014, the newspaper "Lecce News 24 hours", of the city of Lecce, South-East of the Italian peninsula, published impressive statements about Cuba by the nuncio of the Holy See in Cuba, Monsignor Bruno Musarò, who was in a visit to the region of which he is a native.


The nuncio Musarò diagnosed in a nutshell "the conditions of absolute poverty and human and civil degradation under which the Cuban citizens live, victims of a Socialist dictatorship that has subjugated them for 56 years".


"The State controls everything", and "the only people’s hope for life is to flee the island," said the nuncio Musarò, describing the situation of degradation, poverty, and oppression of the Cuban people. And he concluded by stating that, inexplicably, "until today, after more than half a century, the mentioning of revolution and praising it continues, while people don't have work and don't know how to feed their own children".


Three days later, on Thursday August 28, 2014, is enthroned in the Vatican gardens a replica of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, patron saint of Cuba, with the presence of six Cuban bishops who traveled especially from the prison-island for that occasion, and of former Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.


Drew attention the fact that the nuncio Musarò, diplomatic representative of the Holy See in Cuba, who was in Italy, did not attend. Journalist María García, correspondent of Marti News in Europe, asked Cardinal Bertone his opinion on the statements of the nuncio, to which the Cardinal, known for its statements favorable to the Cuban regime, replied in a disappointed tone: "I don't know this statement. It seems to me that journalists have exaggerated about this statement. But I do not know of it, I do not know of it". The Bishop of Santa Clara, Monsignor Arturo González Amador, tried to assign less importance to the analysis of the nuncio Musarò, saying that "we have discussed with the Ambassador of the Cuban State to the Holy See and, well, it has remained therefore, without greater importance". For his part, Monsignor Emilio Aranguren, also interviewed in the Vatican gardens by journalist María García said in a soothing tone: "what the nuncio said are realities of the Cuban people, but I think that it is not worth to make big news from it".  


In reality, the diagnosis of nuncio Musarò about the Communist revolution and the tragedy of the subjugated Cuban people seem to constitute "big news" of no small importance, considering the ecclesiastical collaboration with Cuban communism in recent decades. There are still many questions surrounding the episode, and could raise several hypotheses. The nuncio’s office in Havana reported that the nuncio would return to the island after spending three weeks in Italy. Let us expect clues that eventually would serve to respond to the questions that have been floating in the air.


Armando Valladares, writer, painter and poet. He spent 22 years in political prisons in Cuba. He is the author of the bestseller "Against all Hope", that recounts the horror of Castrist prisons. He was Ambassador of the United States to the Human Rights Commission of the UN under Reagan and Bush (41st USA President) administrations. He received the Presidential Citizen's Medal and the top Award of the Department of State. Director of the Inter-American Institute for Democracy. He has written numerous articles on the ecclesiastical collaboration with Cuban communism and the Vatican 'ostpolitik' toward Cuba.   


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