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US diplomat tells pilgrims they can help normalise relations with Cuba

Diplomatic progress is being made every day, Jeffrey DeLaurentis told US Catholics in Cuba

The top US diplomat to Cuba told a group of US Catholics that they can help play a role in their country’s normalisation of relations with Cuba.

“As we all know, this visit from Pope Francis comes in the context of his role in the US-Cuba rapprochement process, and obviously to reach normalisation relations with Cuba it will be a long and complex role,” Jeffrey DeLaurentis, a career member of the foreign service and charge d’affaires at the US Embassy to Cuba, told pilgrims from the archdioceses of Boston and Miami during an evening reception on September 20.

“The Pope called it a process, and we are making progress every day. It is a process that extends far beyond the Pope as an individual or even the leader of the Catholic Church; it involves a lot of you, and this is why your presence here in Cuba today is very important,” said DeLaurentis, who attended Pope Francis’ Mass earlier that day in Revolution Square.

“Some of you were able to visit Cuba on the historic visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, but under very different diplomatic circumstances, so a lot can happen in a few years,” he added. “Without stating the obvious, a papal visit is of great significance to the Cuban people: There have been three in the last 17 years, which seems to me are indications of Cuba’s evolving relationship with the world, with the Roman Catholic Church and now with the people of the United States.”

Pope Francis, he said, has talked about building bridges and reconciliation with Cuba. “Cardinal Ortega mentioned that today during the Mass — that is what he was trying to get at when he made the specific request that Cubans on the island and Cubans all over the world do their best to make a special effort to move forward to reconciliation and the future.”

He continued: “The Catholic Church is very experienced in the way of diplomacy and has 2,000 years of practice. It survived and flourished in exceptionally difficult circumstances across time and cultures precisely because it operates with skillful diplomats here.

“The two principal diplomats that the Holy See has here in Cuba are excellent; one is from Italy and the other from Croatia. As we plow ahead to build a more constructive relationship, keep us in your prayers as we move forward,” he told them.

Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski were in Cuba for the September 19-22 papal visit, but were not at the reception.

by Catholic News Service


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