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Catholic Church Closes Critical Magazine In Cuba

CUBA-VATICANCatholic Church Closes Critical Magazine In CubaThe Roman Catholic magazine Vitral, said it was closing down due to lack of resources.Reuters

The Roman Catholic magazine Vitral, one of the few publications in Cuba not controlled by the government, said on Tuesday it was closing down due to lack of resources.

The fortnightly magazine published by the Catholic Diocese of the western city of Pinar del Rio has provided a rare space for critical debate within communist-run Cuba since 1994.

"It's a problem of resources. We do not have material. This year only two editions have appeared. The current one is the last," said the staff member, who asked not to be named.

The magazine's editor, Roman Catholic layman Dagoberto Valdes, could not be reached immediately for comment.

Western diplomats in Havana said Valdes had told them he was having trouble getting hold of 40 boxes of paper and toner needed to produce each edition on six photocopiers.

Valdes complained he was not allowed to buy a printer despite having the money, one diplomat reported.

The publication was supported by the former bishop of Pinar del Rio, Jose Siro Gonzalez, a social progressive, but its future has been in doubt since his retirement in January.

The Vatican backed Valdes's work by appointing him member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 1998, one year after Pope John Paul II's landmark visit to Cuba.

Vitral, named after the Spanish word for stained glass, was distributed from hand to hand through the church's Cuban social network, reaching 10,000 subscribers.

An editorial in Vitral's last edition called for a political opening in Cuba, while criticizing the government's "anachronistic and ethically unacceptable" economic policies.

Cuba has been at a crossroads since Cuban leader handed over power to his brother eight months ago following emergency surgery, it said. Castro, 80, has not appeared in public since.

"This could be the moment for those high in the government to steadily, gradually and peacefully open up the opportunity for participation by all Cubans," the editorial said.

Published: April 10, 2007 21:51hhttp://www.javno.com/en/world/clanak.php?id=34079

Las broncas entre Fidel y Raúl eran de coger palco para verlas"

ENTREVISTA: ENTREVISTA NORBERTO FUENTES ESCRITOR Y EX COLABORADOR DE CASTRO, EN EL EXILIO"Las broncas entre Fidel y Raúl eran de coger palco para verlas"

JUAN JESÚS AZNÁREZ 08/04/2007

es una fuerza de la naturaleza que colocó a Cuba en la geopolítica mundial, fusiló y encarceló a pedido de la revolución, se desembarazó de Ernesto Guevara cuando sospechó que habría de traicionarle y no vacilaría en sacrificar a su hermano Raúl, a quien abroncó frecuentemente, si le sorprendiera en alguna deslealtad. No le importa quién vaya a sucederle. "Yo fui el único que creyó en la posibilidad del comunismo cubano", afirma el comandante en La autobiografía de Fidel Castro, de Norberto Fuentes, cuya segunda parte publicará Destino a mediados de este mes. Lejos de enaltecer o denigrar a Castro, el autor cubano lo interpreta a partir del triunfo de su revolución, en el año 1959. "Es la biografía que él no puede escribir sobre sí mismo, no puede llegar hasta donde llego yo, con sinceridad, y con la que tengo para hacerlo. Lo conozco bien. Estuve con él, porque estuve en su revolución. Si alguien le cogió el pulso, fui yo", subraya el autor, residente en Miami, que dedicó buena parte de su vida a descifrar el pensamiento de Castro. La obra editada es voluminosa, 1.292 páginas, acorde con la magnitud del personaje, que reflexiona en primera persona sobre los acontecimientos que le tocó vivir. ¿Qué hay de ficción en el libro? "Sólo la voz de Fidel".

El escritor afirma que los hechos narrados son ciertos y minuciosamente registrados

"El problema no está en lo que ha hecho, eso lo sabe todo el mundo, sino en el porqué, en el cómo"

"A Fidel le importa un carajo quién venga después (…). Está diciendo: 'Les dejo la papa caliente"

Norberto Fuentes (La Habana, 1943) perteneció al entorno de notables del régimen, y se le atribuye haber sido su comisionado en tareas políticas y de inteligencia, hasta que en el año 1989 es detenido durante las redadas de la denominada Causa 1, que culminaron con el juicio y fusilamiento de un grupo de jefes y oficiales del Ejército y del Ministerio del Interior, acusados de corrupción y narcotráfico, entre ellos su buen amigo el coronel Antonio de la Guardia.

El escritor pudo salir de Cuba en el año 1994 gracias, entre otros factores, a la mediación del premio Nobel colombiano y amigo de Castro Gabriel García Márquez. Antes llevó a cabo una huelga de hambre y fue balsero. Fuentes evade en su libro "los lugares comunes sobre la revolución y sobre Fidel: un , un asesino con las manos manchadas de sangre… Por ahí no vamos a ningún lado. Se trata de entender un fenómeno, una fuerza de la naturaleza, que existe, que está ahí, que quedará permanentemente en la historia".

Pregunta. Puede ser que su autobiografía guste a Castro, ¿no?

Respuesta. Le debe gustar en cierto sentido. Digo, si aún conserva su sentido del humor. Y no es un libro que sea peyorativo. Es una interpretación de su carácter. Es un trabajo válido desde el punto de vista literario y de ensayo; sobre todo, del ensayo. Si coges la biografía que Edmund Morris escribió sobre Reagan (Dutch. A Memoir of Ronald Reagan, 1999), el autor introduce un personaje imaginario para poder explicar algunas cosas. Eso es mucho más falso que asumir la historia verdadera y contarla desde la perspectiva de Fidel Castro porque el problema está no en lo que ha hecho, que eso lo sabe todo el mundo, sino en el porqué, en el cómo, en lo que estaba en su cabecita. Y, sobre todo, en lo que se desprende de conversaciones íntimas. De lo que él me decía, de lo que le dijo a Raúl, de lo que le contó a Aldana [Carlos Aldana, secretario ideológico del Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC) hasta su defenestración, en 1992], de lo que contaron otros, de lo que yo oí de éstos, y de su propia actuación.

P. ¿Le ha resultado difícil abordar su pensamiento, ponerse en su pellejo?

R. Bueno, yo no tengo su inteligencia. Es un hombre muy inteligente. Yo he tenido los resultados a la mano de lo que él ha hecho, pero nunca pude prever, ni tenía la posibilidad de ver las cosas que él vio. Y él ve mucho.

P. ¿No subyace en usted cierta admiración por el personaje que recrea?

R. Si hay admiración, es la admiración que él mismo se tiene. Y además con toda razón. Él puede tenerse toda la admiración que quiera.

P. Lo ha definido inteligente, pragmático y versátil.

R. Es un hombre fundamentalmente pragmático, una virtud de casi todas las revoluciones que han sobrevivido. Es ahí donde él se funde con la idea de la revolución, con el concepto universal de la revolución: todas las revoluciones van para adelante, para atrás, para la derecha, para la izquierda… Se adaptan al medio. No hay nada más darwiniano que una revolución. Y la cubana es leninista: una revolución vale lo que sepa defenderse.

P. El inventario de virtudes ya se ha dicho. ¿Y el de vicios?

R. Tiene muchos, pero él mismo le diría: ¿por qué mirar las manchas del sol? No vamos a valorar a Fidel Castro por sus vicios, sino por sus virtudes, por lo que ha sido su obra personal como gobernante. Yo diría también que el principal defecto es su educación gansteril, y por eso resuelve algunas cosas como las resuelve. No duda en fusilar a quien la revolución necesite fusilar.

P. ¿Fueron tan acusadas las disputas entre Fidel y Raúl?

R. Las broncas fueron de coger palco para verlas. La bronca ha sido siempre entre la ortodoxia de Raúl, un ideólogo, un comunista, y la pragmática audacia de Fidel, un luchador revolucionario con una obstinación por el poder. En los años ochenta, Raúl tenía grandes discusiones con Fidel sobre la perestroika (liberalización económica) y los problemas económicos de Cuba. Raúl era, y yo creo que lo sigue siendo, partidario de la perestroika y, de alguna manera, de la glásnost (transparencia). Las broncas corresponden a las luchas intestinas dentro de las fuerzas que mueven las revoluciones. Pero como la revolución cubana tiene tendencia a ocultarlas, ganan importancia cuando son reveladas.

P. Fidel Castro dice en su obra: "Entre mi deliberado propósito de enviarlo a la muerte…" (en el Congo o ). Dura acusación, ¿no?

R. Sí, lo mandó a matar. Pero Fidel realmente salvó al Che porque convirtió a un traidor en potencia en un santo de la iglesia revolucionaria.

P. ¿Es cierto que el Che temió ser asesinado en Cuba?

R. Sí. Todas estas escenas del libro son rigurosamente ciertas, minuciosamente registradas, y vienen casi siempre de alguno de los personajes que están ahí sentados. En el caso de los temores del Che, lo puedo decir ahora porque la información viene de alguien que murió: Víctor Pina, un viejo comunista.

P. ¿La URSS puenteó a Fidel Castro en la crisis de los misiles?

R. Le sorprendió la retirada de los misiles. Fidel siempre estaba exigiendo a Nikita Jruschov una declaración pública de que había un pacto militar entre Cuba y la URSS para evitar lo que pasó después. Pero Nikita lo que quería era monopolizar la crisis, que es lo que hizo y le quedó muy bien.

P. Castro escribe en su testamento que deja "la intrascendencia". No parece importarle qué vaya a pasar tras su muerte.

R. A Fidel le importa un carajo quién venga después. Apostar a lo que vayan a hacer las generaciones posteriores es una estupidez, es un problema de las generaciones futuras. Lo que está diciendo es: "Yo les dejo esta papa caliente, yo he pasado cincuenta años con ella en la mano y ni me he quemado; y ustedes están vivos por la enorme habilidad con que yo he sabido manejar este negocio. Somos hoy una potencia política, Cuba cuenta en todos los foros y nadie nos puede pasar por alto".

P. ¿Y qué pasará en Cuba tras su muerte?

R. Le voy a responder como Fidel Castro: es un problema de los que vengan. Cuando las revoluciones no son derrotadas, cuando no hay una restauración contrarrevolucionaria, pasa lo que pasó en , en la URSS o en después de la muerte de Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969). Que son etapas que se van dejando atrás. Todo se va normalizando. El único problema de Cuba hoy día es el problema económico, y eso se resuelve con dinero y con empresas mixtas y privadas.Raúl fusiló mucho

"(…) Raúl. Mi hermano Raúl. No creo que vaya a fusilar a más nadie en lo que le queda de vida. Me refiero a que él mismo vaya a dar el tiro de gracia. Ya está muy viejo para esas historias. Así que no creo que se me presente una nueva oportunidad para hablarle del asunto y hasta quizá para recriminarle. Qué manito dura la de ese hermano mío en los territorios guerrilleros puestos bajo su mando. No creo que nadie haya fusilado tanto en Cuba como él. Y después del triunfo de la Revolución, en enero de 1959, estando al frente de la provincia de Oriente, empezó con el ametrallamiento de unos periodistas, en un descampado, en las afueras de la ciudad. Llegó un bulldozer, abrió una zanja, y otros en un ómnibus del servicio público, unos 70 en total, a los que apearon con un par de gritos, y ábreles fuego ahí mismo, con el mismo Raúl dando la orden y él mismo sacando la pistola y comenzando a abrir fuego a mansalva, de modo que sus 10 o 12 acompañantes reaccionaron con cierto retardo y cada cual disparó cuando estuvo listo, ora un revólver, ora una ametralladora, y luego empujando con los pies a los que habían quedado con alguna extremidad fuera de la zanja, para que cayeran dentro completos, y cuando el bulldozer regresara a tapar y dar pisón, no troceara los cadáveres y se quedaran pedazos fuera. El periódico donde Raúl había sacado a sus víctimas, más que batistiano, era masferrerista (…)".

Desembarazarse del Che Guevara

"(…) Para mí es fácil entender qué ocurre con los biógrafos del Che. Fallan en su apreciación -sobre todo, en lo que respecta a la expedición del Congo y a la tragedia de Bolivia- porque, entre mi deliberado propósito de enviarlo a la muerte y la eficacia de la CIA en cazarlo, prefieren apostar por las capacidades de la CIA; nuestros adversarios, por babosos; nuestros amigos, por denostarla. Vean ahora todo lo que puedo ofrecer como conocimiento -uno de inmaculado apego a la verdad- sobre el episodio.

Hice lo imposible durante meses por que la CIA se enterara de que el Che estaba en el Congo, mas nunca se dieron por aludidos. Era yo el que les transmitía las señales, y no Lawrence Devlin (espía de la CIA), ni un coño, y no hubo forma de que reaccionaran. Una tarde di un puñetazo contra mi buró mientras sostenía mis conciliábulos secretos con el comandante Piñeiro, y exclamé: '¡Cojones, gallego, pero qué gente más ineficiente ésta, chico! ¿Cuándo rayos se van a enterar de que les tengo servido al argentino, que está allí a su disposición?'. Piñeiro también había hecho lo imposible desde la DGI (Dirección General de Inteligencia). Sólo le faltó colocar un rastro de mendrugos de pan desde Langley hasta el Alto Zaire (Congo). Desde luego, no podíamos hacerlo a las claras. Entonces es cuando decido leer la famosa carta de despedida del Che. En principio tenía como objeto cerrarle el regreso a Cuba (…)".

El testamento del comandante

República de Cuba

Presidente del Consejo de Estado y del Gobierno

Compatriotas:

¿Qué les puedo dejar por fin? Creo recoger el sentido de todos ustedes cuando, en mi hora postrera, me decido, pues, a agasajarlos con el más preciado objeto de sus deseos durante tantos años de inconveniencias y de las obligaciones que ha implicado el tratarse de tú con la gloria. Sencillo: les dejo la intrascendencia. La más banal, la más vacía, la más desabrida.

Disfruten ahora en la molicie del olvido, sáltense el camino de la historia y el embrujo con que llevamos al mundo a las puertas del holocausto nuclear, con el que incendiamos un continente al sur de nosotros, pusimos de rodillas al imperio más poderoso desde los orígenes de la humanidad, apenas a 90 millas al norte de Cuba, y con el que llevamos a nuestras tropas por toda el África austral. Pero los entiendo. Ahora necesitan del disfrute de la paz, felicidad y prosperidad al que aludía Hegel cuando hablaba de los pueblos que son páginas en blanco de la historia. ¿No es eso lo que todos ustedes quieren? ¿No es eso a lo que aspiran? Pues muy pronto lo tendrán, porque voy a morir. Es por ello que se la dejo completa, la intrascendencia. Toda la intrascendencia.

Hasta la victoria siempre.

Fidel Castro Ruz

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Bill Heavey Goes Bass Fishing In Cuba

Bill Heavey Goes Bass Fishing In Cuba

I came to Cuba after hearing a number of things too interesting to ignore. One is that there are serious bass anglers and some big fish down here. The other is that the national tournament is almost exactly like the Bassmaster Classic except for a few details. Instead of having $50,000 rocket sleds, the anglers fish from rowboats. All fishing is catch-and-kill. (Protein is relatively hard to come by in Cuba, and the idea of returning it to the water has not even gotten off the ground yet. The fish go to either the anglers themselves or the Cuban Federation of Sport Fishing folks who work the competition.) And instead of the winner's getting half a million bucks—and many times that in endorsements and appearance fees—the top angler and team take home nothing more than a rinky-dink plastic trophy and bragging rights to being the best bass fishermen in the country.

I am more than a bit nervous on the 500-mile drive across a good chunk of the country from Havana to Bayamo. The guys I'm going to meet are fellow bass anglers, of course. But they are also Cuban. I, on the other hand, am a citizen of El Empirio—as they refer to their northern neighbor—the most powerful country on earth.

As we enter the city and my anxiety about meeting the 32 anglers competing in the Cuban national bass tournament rises, I tell my guide and translator, Samuel Yera, to stop at a gas station so I can arm myself with the one thing that bridges all socioeconomic barriers—beer. Samuel is a three-time tournament winner who failed to qualify this year because he spent too much time guiding saltwater clients for tarpon (which is why he is available to guide and translate for me). Ready with packs of cold Bucanero Fuerte, we park at the government dormitory by the local baseball stadium and head upstairs, guided by the sound of men's voices spilling out of an open door.

"Sam-well!" calls a man sitting on his bunk when he catches sight of my host. A burly shirtless guy with a farmer's tan, still dripping from a shower, he waddles over to embrace Yera. The men are sitting in the room, passing around a bottle of rum. Everyone crowds about their old friend, who is regarded as perhaps the most knowledgeable bass fisherman in Cuba.

He introduces me all around, and I shake hard, callused hands. They are carpenters, security guards, and paper-mill workers. One is a local plastic surgeon, another a railroad engineer, another an artist. Special passes from the government allow them to be absent from work for the tournament. American anglers ready themselves for competition by studying the lake and fine-tuning their GPS settings. These guys have been strengthening their legs, backs, and especially their hands. The last thing the men want is blisters or fatigue slowing them down as they row to and from a spot that might hold a kicker fish on the three-bass stringer that each will weigh in.

I pass out beer and survey the room: eight beds with about 2 feet of hanger space in between, a bathroom off the end, a tiny porch outside. Some men have two rods, some just one, plus a little tackle box of some sort and, neatly ironed, the shirt and pants they will wear on the water. Some have an everyday ball cap and a special one with a fish on it for tournament finery. It strikes me that these guys, the top bass anglers in Cuba, have less gear than an average 10-year-old boy in the States.

Samuel is soon lost to me, deep in rapid conversation with a knot of anglers. They don't speak English and I don't habla español, but through smiles and gestures, we find ways to communicate. One of the younger guys, with curly black hair and a Red Sox cap, motions me over to show off the plastic worms that he, like many others, makes himself. He uses dental clay to shape a mold of the bait to be copied, then melts down old lures, scrap plastic, whatever he can find. He mixes that with some kind of oil, heats it, and pours it into the mold. The result is a worm that looks surprisingly true to the original, right down to the faint Power Bait lettering on the tail.

The 9-inch black worm he displays has a few flecks of rubber where it shouldn't, but it will certainly catch fish. My new friend with the handmade worms is curious about something. Through Samuel, he asks my opinion: Do I prefer the Mann's Augertail worm to that company's Jelly worm? The Augertail has more flutter, of course, but sometimes the subtler action of the Jelly worm is better in heavy cover. I interrupt the translation to throw my hands up in despair. "Who the hell knows!" I find myself nearly shouting. I feel as if I've stumbled into some inverted reality—Alice in Bassland. "Besides, you know more about American baits than I do!" I take an equilibrium-restoring swig of the rum.

Samuel informs me that there has been a change for tomorrow. The government promised 16 rowboats for the tournament but has delivered only eight. So the two-day event will now run over four days, the field alternating until everybody gets two full days on the water. In the United States, this would have provoked charges that the tournament was no longer fair. Not least among the reasons: An approaching cold front promises a difficult bite for whoever is on the water when it arrives.

But we are not in the United States, and so four days it will be. Actually, rowboats are quite a luxury, according to Samuel. "Most of our tournaments are done either wading or fishing from inner tubes."

Some of the men, he tells me, are market fishermen. They rise before dawn to bicycle to local lakes, spending all day kicking around the water. Eight or 10 hours later, they deflate their tubes and ride home carrying rod, tackle, fins, tube, and their catch. This sounds like it would be fun for a while. To do it day after day, to have to do it, might not be.

I look around the room and notice the oars in the corners. For this, the national championship, each team has to bring its own. One set with aluminum shafts leans against the wall, but the others are completely homemade, poles with splits of roughly shaped wood nailed or screwed to the shafts. Two pairs sport blades of corrugated aluminum, a common roofing material, that has been hammered more or less flat.

The mood in the room is relaxed and happy. Tomorrow, on the water, they will compete. But for now they are celebrating having made the cut and seeing old friends. Samuel says there are about 80,000 members of the Cuban Federation of Sport Fishing, the organization that sponsors tournaments, of which number he believes 30,000 are bass anglers.

"But this is the most important tournament in Cuba, because we believe bass are the hardest fish, the most sporting. It's a big honor to the winner." The tournament began in 1969, and this is the 25th time it has been held on Lake Leonero in rural Granma province. When the rum reaches me again, I take another swig, grimace, and pretend to suffer mild convulsions. "Ah," I finally gasp. "Que bueno!" They laugh. Maybe I'm okay after all.

Some of the rods, I notice, are rigged with neon-bright orange or yellow line. I ask Samuel if the bright line doesn't spook fish. "You don't understand," he says, smiling. "Here there is no learning curve. The first time a fish gets caught is also the last time." One guy suddenly discovers something beneath his bed and holds it up with a cry of exclamation. It's a coconut shell filled with flowers, bird feathers, colored stones, and a tangle of old fishing line. "Santeria!" he announces—the Cuban folk religion that blends Christianity and African animistic beliefs, including the power of charms and spirits. Someone has put it there to jinx him. He deadpans that his skill is such that he will defy witchcraft. The room erupts in loud, friendly derision.

Samuel and I seem to be doing an odd little dance. The deal is that I hold up lures for his inspection and he keeps shaking his head. He negates a 43?8-inch jointed Rapala. He turns down a 6-inch bubblegum floating worm. "Bigger," he says. We're in a motorized skiff on Lake Leonero. The anglers, two-man teams from Cuba's 14 provinces (plus an extra team from the host province and one from the Island of Youth, off Cuba's southern coast), are spread out over the lake somewhere around us.

I'm here to watch the fishermen, but Samuel says we need to keep our distance from them, especially on the first day. "The fish and the anglers are both very sensitive to noise." This, I am pretty sure, is bull. I think Samuel just wants to catch some fish, partly to ease his obvious chagrin at not being in the race, and partly because he is just a diehard bass man.

And the bass on Leonero like their baits not only big but apparently disruptive, too, because the lure that finally gets the nod is a no-name Devil's Horse–style topwater. This fat cigar of a bait has propellers fore and aft, and treble hooks the size of little chandeliers. It's so big and raucous that I've never even been tempted to tie it on. But Samuel likes it.

"Now you're speaking," he says. I ask why the fish here prefer big lures and whether that is the case all over Cuba. "It's not," he replies. "Some places you need small lures. And I don't even know the reason they prefer the big lures on this lake. They just do."

The morning is calm; a light wind ripples the water. Using Samuel's baitcasting reel and a 6-foot rod, I cast and retrieve. The lure is wiggling like some hyper-active dachshund that fell off the dock when a bass engulfs it. It disappears in a sudden sinkhole of water and I set the hook, the fish diving, pulling left, heading for the pads. I turn it and bring it in. It's the gamest 2-pounder I've ever tangled with—fat, healthy, and thoroughly ticked off at having a hook in its mouth. Samuel is casting a large Zara Spook on a big spinning rod, and soon both of us are catching fish every second or third cast, a number of which run 3 pounds.

It's crazy-good video-game fishing, the flat-out most sustained largemouth action I've ever had. After about 10 minutes of this, Samuel stows his rod. "No good here," he says. I ignore him, cast again, and ask if he'd mind explaining just what the Sam Hill he's talking about. "Place like this, you can wear your arm out. But you can't win a tournament."

What, I ask, would it take to win?

"Here? You need an average of 5 pounds each fish to be competitive. To win, it usually takes an average of 6 pounds, maybe a little more." I look at him. He's smiling but he's not kidding.

We need to invade this country.

We move the boat. It is January, and the females are getting ready to spawn, Samuel says. He is looking for a certain water color that he says the bass prefer. "Where it is coffee-colored—you see over there?—you will not find fish. And often the big females nest in the open water, away from the pads. Often they like green hydrilla flats. If you are just fishing the structure you see, you will not get them."

We keep moving.

At last he anchors near a big flat off a channel. On my fourth cast, something smashes my lure. "Big bass!" Samuel says. "Big bass!" It bends my short baitcasting rod nearly double before I get it to the boat. It has a mouth like a trash can. Samuel says it's a 7-pounder. That would make it the second-biggest bass of my life. I catch two 5-pounders over the next 15 minutes.

"Having fun?" asks Samuel.

On the way back to the put-in, we cruise by some of the competitors. Most are scattered over a single area, a large bowl surrounded by endless pads. One boat, however, is off by itself, fishing a more distant edge of lily pads. It's the team from Las Tunas, a neighboring province, an experienced duo that is expected to do well here. The guy at the oars stops when he sees us, calls to Samuel, stands and struggles to hoist a stringer that's so heavy it's all he can do to lift it clear of the water. There are about 10 fish on it, big oblong bass. One will go nearly 10 pounds, another just over 7.

In the United States, you no longer see such a sight. That's a good thing, of course. Any lake would get fished out fast if it were subject to a sustained harvest of its biggest bass. On the other hand, it's something to behold. The guys will winnow the catch down to six, three per angler. The biggest looks to be a 10-pounder. There are two others that will go close to 7.

The Las Tunas guys tell Samuel that they lost two big fish, one of which would have gone 10, when the line got tangled up with the anchor rope. They have caught virtually all their fish on big worms. And they are fishing them in a way I've never seen.

The guy in the bow has a 9- or 10-inch dark worm Texas-rigged on what looks to be a 3/0 offset worm hook with about a 1?8-ounce sinker. He has a 7-foot spinning rod, which he uses to throw the worm as far as he can. Then he reels it steadily back, just like a crankbait. On his fourth cast, he suddenly stops reeling at what must be a strike of some kind. He pauses for just a second, lowers the rod, reels in slack, then sets the hook hard. His line begins to dance, and soon he is boating another 5- or 6-pound fish.

I have Samuel ask him what the take is like. "Just the sensation of weight, or maybe a tap," he translates. "Nothing strong. They inhale it, not bite it. You give them a moment, take the slack, and hook them." The guy says they fish the worm higher or lower in the water column as conditions dictate. "We fish always this worm," one of them, Onix Hernandez, says. "If I see fish hitting the poppers of other fishermen, I just fish it closer to the surface." They never let it hit bottom and never stop reeling unless they feel a fish. I've never heard of crankbait-style worming. But many things, I'm learning, are different in Cuba. And it's awfully hard to argue with what works.

Back on shore, the boats are pulling in to the mud bank that is the landing area. Pigs and chickens run around, looking for any crumbs dropped from lunch bags. The Las Tunas team shows me its worms: all hand poured and rigged on homemade light football-type jigheads. Their fish are still on the stringer in the water. Most of the fishermen are playing it close to the vest, keeping their stringers submerged. This is partly to keep the fish wet as long as possible—they won't be officially weighed here but back in Bayamo, a two-hour drive during which the fish will be out of water. And it's partly just to keep other teams guessing about how they did.

That afternoon, in a small square in the dusty city, the official weigh-in finally takes place on old-fashioned mechanical scales that might have been borrowed from a fruit stand. Moving away from the pack has paid off for Las Tunas. They are in first place with six fish weighing 38 pounds, more than 6 pounds ahead of the second-place team, Villa Clara, which has 31 pounds. One of the Granma anglers has his photo taken with a fish of just over 10 pounds, the biggest bass caught in a tournament on Leonero in years. The guys who didn't get to fish today look grave. Thirty-eight pounds is not unheard of, but it will be tough to equal, let alone surpass.

On the second day—my last, since I had only expected to be here for a two-day tournament—Samuel once again takes me fishing because of his commendable wish not to disturb the other anglers. Once again, I'm using his baitcaster, while he uses the big spinning rod. I tried the latter for a couple of casts and disliked it. It's too big, too heavy, not particularly sensitive, and a lot of work to crank. He hefts the rod. "It's what every Cuban asks his family or friends in the States to bring him," he says. "Seven-foot medium-heavy UglyStik spinning rod with a Penn 7500 SS."

"Why?"

He hefts it again, working a topwater. "Durability," he says. "An UglyStik is like a '57 Chev-rolet. Almost indestructible." I look at the Penn reel, all 25.5 ounces of it, with its measly three ball bearings. "A Cuban would take this over a Shimano or a Daiwa every time," he adds. "Very dependable. Goes forever. And easy to work on." He grunts, sets the hook, and pulls in a 5-pounder. "Time to move. Look for the big ones."

We don't find the big ones, but we do tire our arms out on the 2- to 4-pounders. And there are worse ways to spend a day. As we head back toward shore, we pass not too far from one of the two teams from Granma province. One evidently has a big fish on because he is excitedly telling his co-angler to get the net. But the net man lunges at the fish awkwardly, frightening it. The fish jumps close to the boat, and the line goes slack. Both men slump back to their seats, despairing at having lost what was obviously a huge bass. Samuel shakes his head in commiseration. "It's just because they're not used to boats, not used to nets. We don't carry nets when we wade or tube. That fish, it could have won them the tournament maybe."

It could have, but it didn't. A few days after I arrive back in the United States, I get an e-mail from Samuel. Las Tunas won the tournament with a two-day, 12-fish total of 78 pounds 8 ounces. Granma was just 5 ounces behind. The fifth-place team, he writes, from his home province of Villa Clara, should have finished in third place. "They had an 11- or 12-pound fish on a big Husky Jerk. But it made one last run by the boat and opened the treble hook and escaped."

On my last evening in Bayamo, I am once again sitting on the end of a bed drinking beer with the guys while a bottle of rum slowly laps the room. I have brought an entire duffel bag of plastics, lures, and line cadged from Yamamoto, Berkley, and Rapala. I dump it out on the floor, and it vanishes in the time it takes a of piranhas to clean a carcass. The only problem is that most of the plastics are tiny, 6 inches or less. No matter. Some anglers are even now squeezing the packs to gauge how well they will melt down to be recast into larger baits.

One of the guys from Granma can't even wait that long. He pulls a 4-inch Senko (green pumpkin) from its pack, studies it, hefts it experimentally. Then he cuts the first 3 inches off one of his 9-inch black worms with a knife, carefully heats both the cut tip of the worm and one end of the Senko with his lighter, and presses the two together until they cool. The result is a 10-inch, two-tone hybrid ribbon tail. He smiles, wiggles it seductively, lifts it for my inspection.

"Beel?" he asks. "What you think?" I give him a thumbs-up and a smile, already vowing never to throw away a chewed-up worm again.

"Oh, yeah. They'll clobber that thing."

http://www.fieldandstream.com/fieldstream/photogallery/article/0,13355,1608243,00.html

Chilean press: Venezuela is copying Cuba

Chilean press: is copying Cuba

Chilean newspaper El Mercurio compared Hugo Chávez' Government with Cuban ruler 's regime.

"Chávez' regime is increasingly similar to the Cuban regime. The Venezuelan President's adhesion to the Marxist-Leninist principles is translating step by step into the adoption of moves similar to those Castro's dictatorship imposed," said the newspaper in an editorial published last April 6th.

The newspaper claims that Castro started by ruling by decree, implemented socialist reforms, and nationalized all kinds of companies, thus exterminating private property. According to El Mercurio, Chávez is taking the same path, but unlike Cuba he does not depend of foreign support.

http://english.eluniversal.com/2007/04/09/en_pol_art_chilean-press:-venez_09A853251.shtml

Freedom House Sends Letter to Spanish Foreign Minister Regarding Recent Visit to Cuba

House Sends Letter to Spanish Foreign Minister Regarding Recent Visit to Cuba

Freedom House, April 7, 2007.

April 6, 2007 – Freedom House sent a letter today to the Foreign Minister of , Miguel Angel Moratinos, expressing disappointment that the official met with Cuban authorities during a recent visit to the island but not with members of the country's movement.

Mr. Moratinos' visit, the first by a Foreign Minister since Cuba's crackdown in 2003, occurred April 2-3, 2007. During the visit, he met with several high ranking Cuban officials, including acting Raúl Castro, as well as the vice- and the Cuban foreign minister. However, Mr. Moratinos' schedule did not include meetings with any of Cuba's democracy advocates. Instead, he tasked a lower ranking official to meet with dissidents after his departure, in a move possibly designed to avoid upsetting Cuban authorities. In response, four of the six dissident leaders invited boycotted the gathering.

"Spain has long served as a model of a peaceful democratic transition and has played an important role in encouraging democratic reform around the world," wrote Jennifer Windsor, Executive Director of Freedom House, in the letter. "The decision not to personally meet with those individuals on the front-lines of the peaceful struggle from democratic freedoms sent an unfortunate — if unintended — message that issues of human rights are not a top priority in Spanish foreign policy."

During the visit, Spain and Cuba agreed to re-launch bilateral cooperation programs suspended after the 2003 crackdown, and agreed to regular political talks that reportedly may include discussions on human rights issues. In the letter to Mr. Moratinos, Freedom House urged the Spanish government to reject demands by the Cuban Foreign Minister that the agenda for talks with Spain not include discussions regarding the political prisoners.

Spain is a member of the European Union as well as of the Community of Democracies, an organization of countries that have pledged to uphold democratic ideals and promote human rights.

The text of the letter follows.

April 6, 2007His Excellency Miguel Angel MoratinosMinister of Foreign AffairsPlaza de la Provincia, 128071 MadridSpain

Excellency:

Spain has long served as a model of a peaceful democratic transition and has played an important role in encouraging democratic reform around the world. The Spanish government, as a member of both the European Union and the Community of Democracies, has committed itself to the promotion and protection of fundamental individual freedoms.

Your recent visit to Cuba was the first by a European Union Foreign Minister since the human rights crackdown in 2003. During your trip, you conducted meetings with several high ranking government officials, but unfortunately decided not to meet with any of Cuba's democracy advocates. Instead, after your departure, a lower ranking member of your delegation met with some representatives of the community. This decision not to personally meet with those individuals on the front-lines of the peaceful struggle from democratic freedoms sent an unfortunate – if unintended — message that issues of human rights are not a top priority in Spanish foreign policy. It also reinforced the perception – advanced by the government of Cuba — that those who are working for reform in the country are not legitimate interlocutors to consult on the future of Cuba.

Freedom House encourages that human rights issues – especially the status of political prisoners – play an official part of the announced ongoing political dialogue. Freedom House strongly urges the Spanish government to make all efforts possible to ensure that the independent voices for democracy on the island are included in the process of dialogue on the ongoing transition.

Sincerely,

Jennifer L. WindsorExecutive Director

http://www.cubanet.org/CNews/y07/apr07/09e9.htm

Cuban doctor forced to leave Gabon seeks asylum in France

Cuban doctor forced to leave Gabon seeks asylum in The Tocqueville Connection, 6 April 2007.

LIBREVILLE, April 6, 2007 (AFP) – A Cuban doctor who refused to return home after working in Gabon sought asylum in France on Friday when he stopped there after being , one of his lawyers said.

Maulio Garcia Perez was finally flown out of Gabon on Thursday evening towards Cuba, Gabonese foreign ministry spokesman Jean-Claude Mendome told AFP, weeks after he was due to leave.

One of Perez's lawyers confirmed that a Cuban diplomat picked him up from his home and took him to Libreville with the help of Gabonese .

"He was due to board a plane for Paris, from where he was to continue towards Cuba, but I have just heard that he asked for asylum in France this morning (Friday) when he arrived," Jules Obiang told AFP.

Perez arrived in Gabon in March 2005 with about 20 colleagues as part of a cooperative agreement between Libreville and Havana.

He worked in the public in Port-Gentil, in the southwest of Gabon, and should have returned to Cuba on March 13.

Instead, he fled towards the border with Cameroon where he was by Gabonese immigration officers.

Obiang said the doctor did not oppose 's regime in Cuba but feared reprisals if he returned there.

"He applied for asylum in Gabon on March 28. His deportation was due to be suspended until his case was considered, but they went ahead with it. I don't know where that decision came from," the lawyer added.

http://www.cubanet.org/CNews/y07/apr07/09e4.htm

Cuban Catholic Church asks for ‘understanding’ in times of ‘change’

Cuban Catholic Church asks for 'understanding' in times of 'change'EARTHtimes.org, April 7, 2007.

Havana- The Cuban Catholic Church has asked the international community for "understanding" and "dialogue" in moments of "change" in the communist island. "Right now the important thing is a high level of understanding in order to take the right steps", said the assistant Bishop of Havana, Juan de Dios Hernandez, during the Via Crucis procession in central Havana late Friday.

For the Catholic Cuban Church, he added, "every situation of change (in the island) would need a big understanding of the international community and a dialogue that allows us to go ahead in a civilized way".

Cuba has been ruled these past eight months by interim Raul Castro, after his brother Fidel temporarily handed over his powers on July 31 in order to recover from intestinal surgery.

After the official announcement of the delegation of his powers, the Cuban Bishops' Conference asked the Catholic community to pray for Fidel Castro's .

Havana Archbishop Jaime Ortega also said that the Catholic Church would "never" support nor "scarcely accept" a foreign intervention in the island.

In a recent interview to Spanish newspaper "El Pais", Ortega also set on "dialogue", indicating that "pressure leads to nowhere".

According to Bishop Hernandez, during these past months of interim government the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Cuban State has been "the same".

"We are going the same way, there are no substantial changes", said Hernandez.

After decades of confrontation, the Catholic Church and the Cuban government started in the 1990s an approach that culminated with the historic visit of late Pope John Paul II in 1998.

After that visit, the Cuban state allowed again the public celebration of religious acts that had been banned in the early 1960s. It also re-established Christmas Day as a day off work, the only Christian day to be designated a vacation.

For Hernandez, "after difficult times, the Cuban state is slowly starting to understand which is the role of the Church in society".

As for the future, he said that the religious institution would like "as far as it is possible", to go through the "path of normalization".

"And I think that is also the State's aspiration", he added.

Hundreds of people gathered on Friday night in central Havana to follow the Via Crucis procession, a religious ceremony that has only been celebrated outside the Cuban temples since 2005.

http://www.cubanet.org/CNews/y07/apr07/09e7.htm

Learning to dance the salsa, Cuban-style

Learning to dance the salsa, Cuban-styleBy CNN's Monita Rajpal, April 5, 2007.

HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) — I've been in Havana for more than a week and what's evident is that life here isn't focused on material wealth.

Most Cubans don't earn — or have — a lot of money, but what they do have in abundance is an amazing energy.

And they know how to have fun.

To many, Cuba is known as the isle of rum and salsa. I'm at the Havana Club for a dance lesson. Its tasting room is a reminder of the drinking establishments that made the city famous in the pre-revolution 1930s.

My teacher is Darien Fernandez Valdivia, a dance professor at the Havana Club.

Dance variations exist and when it comes to salsa, Cubans have a style all their own.

For me, we're starting with the basics.

It's more difficult to do with the music and when you're trying not to count out loud.

The word salsa means 'sauce' in Spanish, and in reference to dance it is flavor or style. The music is a fusion of African, Cuban and Latin American rhythms.

the Cuban steps are known as Guapea. The simplified version that I've been learning involves the eight-step count and there are variations for those more advanced.

Is it enjoyable? Yes. But salsa is also a way for ordinary Cubans to make a living.

Juan Ernesto Santana Hernandez teaches dance in a private home. Although he has not had any formal dance training, he says the intimacy of home tuition attracts tourists.

It's a family atmosphere, and part way through my lesson, others are invited to join in.

Luz confides that she is 78 years old, and accepts my invitation to dance.

There is a similar family atmosphere in some of Cuba's restaurants but more from necessity than choice.

Since the 1990s, Cubans have been permitted to serve meals from their homes, in restaurants known as paladares.

They're heavily taxed by the government and involve long working hours. Unlike state run restaurants, they are governed by strict rules.

Paladares must employ family members, only 12 seats are allowed and they are forbidden from serving seafood or beef.

Elizabeth Montero's — essentially tables in her back room and patio extension — serves traditional creole fare.

For many Cubans, eating out is rarely affordable, but a meal for two in a paladare can be bought for as little as 10 cuc — the currency Fidel Castro created mainly for tourists. It's roughly $10.

I met photographic producer Lucky Look at another paladare called La Cocina de Lilliam. He's been to Cuba 74 times.

"The thing that I've learned is that where we live we have so many things for communication, like cellular phones. But here they do not have so much. There's more communication between people. They meet each other," he says.

"They talk about life, about their family, how they feel. Where we come from, it's difficult to know who the person living just next door is. That's why I love just to be here because when you walk you can feel free inside."

"It is so difficult to find one country where everybody is so happy. But here they don't have so many things, but they feel so happy inside themselves. That's why I always come here."

And, like many other tourists, Look says he'll keep coming back to Cuba despite the restrictions because of its people, their friendliness and their charm.

http://www.cubanet.org/CNews/y07/apr07/09e8.htm

Idaho governor going to Cuba

Posted on Mon, Apr. 09, 2007

Idaho governor going to CubaBy JOHN MILLER

BOISE, Idaho –(AP) — Like other states before it, Idaho is turning to Cuba in search of new markets for its products.

With Cuba's communist ailing, Idaho Gov. C.L. ''Butch'' Otter is among those optimistic that political change will help turn the island's 11 million residents into big consumers. In March, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman was the latest U.S. official to visit Cuba, which bought $340 million (euro254.2 million) in U.S. farm products in 2006.

Otter and his 35-member entourage are scheduled to to Cuba on Tuesday for a four-day trade mission,

''He's going down there to sell groceries,'' said Jon Hanian, Otter's spokesman. “It's an opportunity to make some sales.''

In a speech last month, Otter told reporters he had a ''respectful'' relationship with Castro. The United States has a trade with Cuba that exempts , and does not allow residents to visit the island nation. It accuses Cuba of jailing political dissidents.

''The thing that irritates me the most about the State Department's policy toward Cuba is that it is not a policy toward Cuba,'' Otter said at an Idaho Press Club-sponsored event. “You're a free American, you should be able to travel anywhere you want, whenever you want.''

This will not be Otter's first visit there: has already been to Cuba three times as a Republican U.S. House member on lobbyist-funded trips.

In 2004, on a mission to Cuba with Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, of Idaho, Craig and Otter signed a potential $10 million (euro7.5 million) nonbinding deal with Cuba for Idaho agricultural products. Still, the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor has on record just $22,616 (euro16,912) in sales to Cuba in the last decade — a shipment of frozen potatoes.

Otter maintains Cuba is trying to expand its oil and natural gas, and is experimenting with turning some of its sugar into ethanol. When the natural resources take off, Otter says, so will demand.

http://www.miamiherald.com/581/story/68405.html

Deben demandar los militares en Cuba la salida de los Castro

Diario Las AmericasPublicado el 04-09-2007

Deben demandar los militares en Cuba la salida de los Castro

Por Ariel RemosDIARIO LAS AMERICAS

El mayor general retirado Erneido A. Oliva, que fuera segundo jefe de la Invasión de Bahía de Cochinos, desempeñando después el cargo de Segundo Comandante General de la Guardia Nacional del Distrito de Columbia, Washington, D.C., se dirigió en carta a las Fuerzas Revolucionarias Cubanas, instándolas a que lleven la democracia a Cuba.

Basado en que "El futuro de Cuba luce espantoso" el documento del general Oliva lamenta que las Fuerzas Armadas hayan esperado tanto tiempo en hacer lo que debían, que es "demandar la inmediata salida del país de ambos, Fidel y , para que comience un futuro mejor para el pueblo cubano.

Una vez sacados Fidel y Raul Castro del poder, las FAR deben proceder a crear un gobierno que:

• Reorganice y utilice las fuerzas armadas para defender y proteger a la población de todos aquellos que se opongan a la y a la democracia; respetar sus y brindarle ayuda en casos de emergencia.

• Permita a la población disfrutar de los beneficios de su trabajo y no tengan que arriesgar sus vidas en el mar buscando un futuro mejor.

Oliva declara que el "delfín" (heredero Raul Castro) no parece poseer la motivación, convicción y liderazgo necesario para continuar gobernando a un país que clama por cambios políticos, económicos y sociales.

Da por sentado que los miembros de las FAR "están muy conscientes de la situación y, como seres humanos, se encuentran preocupados por su bienestar personal y el de los miembros de sus familias. Pero no es suficiente estar preocupados. La acción es también necesaria".

"Los miembros de las FAR" –dice también Oliva—"tienen en sus manos todas las herramientas requeridas para cambiar el statu quo y, por lo tanto, mejorar la situación de todo el pueblo cubano y evitar un éxodo masivo que pudiera crear una crisis internacional más grande y peligrosa que la causada por la del Mariel en 1980".

"Mientras ellos" –dijo refiriéndose a las FAR—"caminan, pedalean sus bicicletas o utilicen el público para trasladarse a sus instalaciones militares", recomienda también que deben observar cuidadosamente el miedo, hambre y desesperación que reflejan los rostros de los hombres, mujeres y niños que encuentran a su paso, y lo evalúen y comenten entre ellos.

Termina Olivas diciendo que espera que los miembros de las FAR comprendan que ha llegado el momento de unirse, actuar ahora, y exigir el comienzo de cambios democráticos antes de que sea demasiado tarde.

http://www.diariolasamericas.com/news.php?nid=26390

Javier Sardá denuncia que Cuba le prohíbe rodar en la isla y La Habana lo niega

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Javier Sardá denuncia que Cuba le prohíbe rodar en la isla y La Habana lo niega

El periodista, que prepara para Telecinco «Duti fri», insiste en que se le denegó un visado por sus críticas a Castro en «Crónicas marcianas»

Madrid

La Embajada de Cuba en España habría denegado el visado para la entrada en la isla a Javier Sardá y su equipo, que tenían pensado rodar allí unas imágenes para el nuevo programa de Telecinco «Duti Fri». El motivo, las críticas a y al régimen comunista que Sardá habría vertido en la época de «Crónicas marcianas», programa desaparecido en 2005, según informó ayer Telecinco. Al menos en teoría, porque en esta polémica «a la cubana» todos niegan lo que el otro dice. La Embajada de Cuba insiste en que no sabe nada del visado y Sardá insiste en que no le dejan entrar.

En su nuevo proyecto (un formato que ya se ha estrenado en la TV 3 con mucho éxito) Sardá viaja por todo el mundo buscando españoles que viven en distintos países, motivo por el que había solicitado la entrada en el país caribeño. Según un comunicado de la cadena, la embajada de Cuba en Madrid ha rechazado esta solicitud argumentando que en «Crónicas marcianas» el presentador había criticado a Fidel Castro y al régimen comunista. Al conocer la noticia Sardá ha manifestado que invitará personalmente a cenar a su casa al embajador de Cuba y al ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, que recientemente ha concluido una visita oficial al país, en un intento de normalizar las relaciones políticas. «Deseo que cuando yo pueda entrar en Cuba porque se haya convertido en un país libre, el señor embajador también sea tolerado por el régimen democrático y pueda entrar en Cuba», declaró Sardá al conocer la decisión de la Embajada cubana.

La polémica no concluyó ahí. Pocas horas después de que Telecinco hiciera público el comunicado la Embajada de Cuba en España negó que haya denegado el visado de entrada a la isla caribeña al periodista Javier Sardá.En respuesta a este desmentido el presentador Javier Sardá volvió a insistir en que el equipo de producción de su programa ya ha recibido la negativa de la Embajada cubana de España sobre su solicitud de visado para grabar en la isla.Sardá, que se encuentra en el extranjero grabando este nuevo programa para Telecinco, contestó a las declaraciones de la Embajada asegurando que la negativa ya ha sido emitida. De hecho, subrayó que su equipo ya tenía prevista la grabación en Cuba para esta misma semana, y que debido a la negativa de la Embajada cubana han tenido que alterar sus planes de rodaje.

http://www.lne.es/secciones/noticia.jsp?pNumEjemplar=1602&pIdSeccion=49&pIdNoticia=509859

Obispos esperan comprensión "ante cualquier situación de cambio" en Cuba

Momento de dialogarObispos esperan comprensión "ante cualquier situación de cambio" en Cuba

LA HABANA, 09 Abr. 07 / 04:30 pm (ACI).- El Obispo Auxiliar de La Habana y Secretario de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Cuba (COCC), Mons. Juan de Dios Hernández Ruiz, expresó el deseo de la Iglesia en el país de avanzar en el diálogo con el Gobierno de Cuba y aseguró que la Isla necesita "que haya un grado de comprensión para ir dando los pasos que se deben de dar".

"Comprensión, diálogo creo que es importante porque cualquier situación de cambio para nosotros implicaría eso, una gran comprensión por parte de la comunidad internacional y un gran diálogo que nos permita a nosotros de una manera civilizada caminar", agregó en declaraciones a la prensa internacional por Semana Santa.

Asimismo, consideró que las relaciones con el Estado pasan por un proceso de "mayor entendimiento" y no ha habido "cambios sustanciales" en la postura estatal hacia ella tras la enfermedad de .

Mons. Hernández consideró que esto "es positivo, y es un camino, y como todo camino, pues esperamos que más que obstáculos haya vías en las cuales podamos caminar más expeditamente. Yo confío en que las haya".

En este sentido, consideró que "después de tiempos difíciles el Estado va entendiendo el papel de la Iglesia, cuál es el rol de la vida de la Iglesia dentro de un pueblo".

"Eso es un proceso normal, se va dando, y aspiramos realmente a que en la medida en que se pueda, la vida de la Iglesia y su misión que es la evangelización, cada vez más vaya por caminos de normalización", indicó.Gestos

El Obispo valoró como un "acto importante" para la comunidad católica cubana que el canal educativo II de la televisión estatal incluyera en su programación del Viernes Santo la trasmisión del Vía Crucis que presidió en Roma el Papa Benedicto XVI.

Según la agencia EFE, este año, la Iglesia Católica recibió autorización para realizar alocuciones radiales y celebrar más de veinte procesiones públicas en distintas diócesis de la isla, en su mayoría en el Viernes Santo y otras para el Domingo de Resurrección.Además se realizó el Vía Crucis por el centro histórico de La Habana, con las imágenes de María Dolorosa y el Cristo Yaciente desde la Plaza de la Catedral hasta la iglesia del Cristo del Buen Viaje.

http://www.aciprensa.com/noticia.php?n=16399

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