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March 28th, 2012
01:20 PM ET

Pope extols Christ, not politics, at Cuba Mass

From Mariano Castillo and David Ariosto, CNN

Havana, Cuba (CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI spoke in general terms, saying "Cuba and the world need change," but steered clear of political statements during a Mass he celebrated in Havana's Revolution Plaza on Wednesday.

The pope said that such change can come only if "each one is prepared to ask for the truth and if they decide to take the path of love, sowing reconciliation and brotherhood."

Earlier in his trip, the pontiff had prayed for "those deprived of freedom" and told reporters that Cuba's Marxist political system "no longer corresponds to reality."

Many in Cuba and around the world listened closely to the pope's homily at the enormous open-air Mass to see if the pontiff would expand or be more forceful in his apparent criticisms.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Church and state • Cuba • Pope Benedict XVI

soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Laurence Ringo

    Two things.First,someone said on another post that one wonders what the pope is talking about when he speaks;he's a master at stating the obvious and sounding incoherent at the same time.I find myself genuinely baffled at why large numbers of catholics gather to hear his"masses".When I hear him speak,I hear nothing worth remembering.He does'nt even know who should have the pre-eminent place in catholic theology:Jesus,Mary,or him! Frankly,I'm firmly convinced catholics consider the pope to be God,what with all that bowing,scraping,genuflecting,and ring-kissing they do before him.What the what,catholics??

    March 28, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • rocketscientist

      Nope, we Catholics don't believe he's God. If you believe that we believe that, though, you're either a fool and/or a bigot.

      Dr. H

      March 29, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  2. Colin

    I long for the day when this dress-wearing, kiddie-fiddling, self-important ex-nazi will go the way of the soothsayers and fortune tellers.

    March 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Catholicism is the Enron of Religion

      They will just replace him with another dress wearer.

      March 29, 2012 at 2:35 am |
  3. Philip Phillips

    Hoping for Peace around the world!

    March 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Adele

      🙂

      March 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Colton Dixon

    The Pope's message was exactly what a nation like Cuba needed to hear. Hope this message is a real eye-opener in freeing the people.

    March 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • Joshua Ledet

      Agreed!

      March 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • Adele

      Colton & Joshua you guys are the best!!!

      😉

      March 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  5. TR6

    The BULLIT PROOF pope-mobile is irrefutable proof that the pope doesn’t believe there actually is a god or that he is actually god’s chosen representative on earth.

    March 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  6. Aw, how cute!

    herbie accidentally put his god bless in there.
    bless the little mongoloid idiot's heart!

    March 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  7. Get up and get get down!

    the Holy Ghost a joke in your town!

    March 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  8. Dear Mr Pope

    Like everything else your colossal hoax is based on, the Donation of Constantine is a quite clumsy forgery.
    Very clearly so.
    This having been proven, Vatican City has been repossessed.
    Now then,
    G
    T
    F
    O!!!

    March 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  9. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    March 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Jesus

      ~~Lying is a sin, you've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...
      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.
      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.!*.. .

      March 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Prayer Is A Joke

      Prayer is delusion

      God is a fraud

      Prayer is a waste of time

      March 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Prayer changes things

      Children are not healthy for atheists and other things

      March 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Politically Incorrect

      "Children are not healthy for atheists and other things"

      I'm glad somebody finally twisted that phrase into something true! I have a 13-year-old girl, and holy crap what a volcano of moody drama, really bad judgement and wild overreactions!

      I wonder why a god would make women so that they go totally insane for a while in their early teens, and are totally miserable because of it? It really makes no sense at all theologically, but it does from a scientific point of view, makes perfect sense. But so much of the world is like that.

      I do finally understand why, in "Romeo and Juliet", Juliet is 13 and everyone is trying to marry her off. "Get this crazy b!tch out of my house!!!!" I also understand doweries now too. "How much do you want to get this crazy b!tch out of my house?!?!?!?!

      March 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  10. Payers change things

    Payers change things. Prayer does nothing other than waste time.
    Proven.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  11. Ufia

    The popes used to command armies. Now they're afraid of a small island dictatorship. I guess that's progress.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  12. BUT IT'S NOT

    "This is heart-warming. The troll and its faithful companion."

    They're both small minded morons wasting space.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  13. Fido

    Cuba, la esperanza del mensaje del Papa trae sanidad a su nación y encontrar la paz y la esperanza en Jesucristo, su Señor.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  14. momoya

    What the eff, CNN?!? We get it already!! The pope is in Cuba! The pope is doing his thing down there.. How many more articles do you have to post on the subject? How many are there now? 25 or so?

    March 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • It's like this . . .

      Well, there really isn't any true religious news, like "Jesus is back, and he's PISSED!" or "Zeus Shows Up – Billions Convert." All they can write about is the things religious people do, which is usually something lame, weird, self-dealing, or nasty. Popeferatu is in the self-dealing category. There isn't that much good to write about, and even that is usually self-dealing in disguise.

      But what can a news agency do? There is no real story beyond the details of the behaviors of superstitious people.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  15. Francis

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
    Where there is injury, pardon.
    Where there is doubt, faith.
    Where there is despair, hope.
    Where there is darkness, light.
    Where there is sadness, joy.
    O Divine Master,
    grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
    to be understood, as to understand;
    to be loved, as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive.
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

    Amen.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • OkI'llPlay

      This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune (often the surfeits of our own behavior) we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars: as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treacherous by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star!

      WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

      See I can quote fiction too!

      March 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • rocketscientist

      Thanks very much for quoting the Prayer of St. Francis. It's truly sad that some people here apparently hate Catholics so much that they can't even relate or sympathize with the sentiment of peace and love expressed by those words.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  16. Harry

    Good to see Pope carrying the message of Christ and bringing hope to nations.
    God bless!

    March 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  17. Prayer is Delusion

    Prayer is a joke

    Prayer is a waste of time

    March 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  18. Prayer is not healthy for children and other thinking beings

    Evolution changes things.
    Gradually.
    Powerful.
    Proven.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  19. Brad

    Pope Benedict XVI spoke in general terms, saying "Cuba and the world need change," The pope said that such change can come only if "each one is prepared to ask for the truth and if they decide to take the path of love, sowing reconciliation and brotherhood."

    Great message!

    March 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Newton

      I would make an addition to that statement and include the message of Hope and Peace that Christ preached.

      Each individual needs to make that change, a change that seeks Peace both within and without.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Religion is a delusional reconstruction of reality

      I think it is so cool that Christianity never has to deliver on any promises. It's all a magical fantasy pay-off later, after death, no evidence that you will anywhere in this life.

      Obey, give us money, and you will get EVERLASTING BLISS IN HEAVEN! Really you will. Trust us. Really. Proof?!?!?! You are evil for asking for proof, risking heaven on that. You must have faith . . . and give us money and obedience.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Jim

      Christianity is about a direct, personal relationship with Christ, salvation is free to all those who choose to believe and have faith in Christ. The greatest has already been paid for.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Jesus

      Lying is a sin, you've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.!*

      March 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • This is heart-warming. The troll and its faithful companion.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Ykcyc

      If that was true and your prayer rally worked and if you really believed in what you are posting, you would not have to post the same old thing over and over and over again. Why don't you try using what you pritch every once in a while , so you can stop waisting you time. The only one you are trying to convince is yourself.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • just sayin

      ykcyc
      It is a large world and everyone is ent itled to hear and believe the two divine Truths illustrated. First that atheism is totally useless and second that talking with God is available and effective. God bless

      March 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
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