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This would be pretty surprising if true:
Quote:Fidel Castro will be received back into the communion of the Roman Catholic Church during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the island in March, the Italian press is reporting. If true, this is a remarkable story — and one that has yet to catch the attention of editors this side of the Atlantic.

On 1 Feb 2012, La Republicca — [Italy’s second largest circulation daily newspaper, La Republicca follows a center-left political line and is strongly anti-clerical; not anti-Catholic per se but a critic of the institutional church] — reported that as death approaches, the octogenarian communist has turned to God for solace.

ABC’s Global Note news blog is the only U.S. general interest publication I have found that has reported this story.  It referenced the La Republicca story and said that Castro’s

daughter Alina is quoted as saying “During this last period, Fidel has come closer to religion: he has rediscovered Jesus at the end of his life. It doesn’t surprise me because dad was raised by Jesuits.” The article quotes an unidentified high prelate in the Vatican who is working on the Pope’s Cuba trip: “Fidel is at the end of his strength. Nearly at the end of his life. His exhortations in the party paper Granma, are increasingly less frequent. We know that in this last period he has come closer to religion and God.”

Some Italian websites have even speculated as to when Fidel will make his confession and credo — setting the date as 27 March 2012 at 17:30 when the two ottantacinquenni, Pope Benedict XVI and Castro, will meet at the Palacio de la Revolución when the pope makes his official visit to the head of state, Raul Castro.

During Pope John Paul II’s 1998 visit to Cuba, Castro attended mass, but did not receive the Eucharist or give voice to Christian beliefs. If his daughter’s story is true and Castro returns to the church it will be very interesting to see how it plays out across the media.
More here: http://www.getreligion.org/2012/02/last-...of-castro/
This may not mean as much as it would have before the Council.  After all, Pope Benedict has been working to rehabilitate Martin Luther back into the fold.
It is most certainly better to be in the Catholic Church than to be outside Her.
Hope its true news.
Here's another interesting quotation from the article that I didn't post above:
Quote:The La Republicca article closes its report on Castro’s return to the church by stating:

In Havana there waiting for the arrival of Benedict XVI. The Church in Cuba is loved and respected. So is the government for its broad social interventions.

The church can thus serve as a “mediator” between the people and the government in the post-Castro era, La Republicca argues. I think it is a bit of a stretch to say the government is loved and respected for its “social interventions”, but La Republicca is a left-wing European paper and its default position is that Cuba’s experiment with socialism is a moral good.

Which ever way it goes, the Castro/repentance story will be fascinating to watch. What does it mean for a dictator to seek  repentance? What does forgiveness mean? Is moral redemption possible in this day and age? How will those who have been harmed by the regime respond? What about the prisoners of conscience who remain in Cuban jails —- a Cuban political prisoner, Wilmar Villar, died on 21 January 2012 after a 50 day hunger strike — what does an old man’s repentance have to say about that?
I hope it's true.
This would be an amazing deal.
Lucifer has been pining for Fidel's soul for many years now and would hate to see the Bride of Christ snatch him away at the last second...................
I sincerely hope for the sake of Castro himself and Cuba as a whole that this will come to fruition, God willing.

Luke 15:7 Wrote:"I say to you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven upon one sinner that doth penance, more than upon ninety-nine just who need not penance."
(02-09-2012, 06:26 PM)Vetus Ordo Wrote: [ -> ]I sincerely hope for the sake of Castro himself and Cuba as a whole that this will come to fruition, God willing.

Luke 15:7 Wrote:"I say to you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven upon one sinner that doth penance, more than upon ninety-nine just who need not penance."

Indeed. Fiat fiat!
Pray Pray Pray Pray


(02-09-2012, 06:26 PM)Vetus Ordo Wrote: [ -> ]I sincerely hope for the sake of Castro himself and Cuba as a whole that this will come to fruition, God willing.

Luke 15:7 Wrote:"I say to you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven upon one sinner that doth penance, more than upon ninety-nine just who need not penance."

I hope and pray that Castro has a true conversion unlike many other politicians such as Tony Blair or Newt Gingrich.
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