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Pope sends personal condolences to Cuba

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis stepped outside of the usual protocol in expressing his condolences to the people and government of Cuba upon the death of its revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, in a telegramme to the current president on November 26.

The usual protocol at the Vatican when expressing condolences at the death of a national leader or past leader is a telegramme from the secretary of state on behalf of the pope.

However, for the former president of the State Council and of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, he signed the note personally.

In the telegramme sent to the current president, Raul Castro, he offered his prayers for the former leader and entrusted the Cuban people to the intercession of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, the patron of Cuba.

The telegramme reads in full, “On receiving the sad news of the death of your dear brother, His Excellency Mister Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, former president of the State Council and of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, I express my sentiments of sorrow to Your Excellency and other family members of the deceased dignitary, as well as to the people of this beloved nation.”

It goes on to say, “At the same time, I offer prayers to the Lord for his rest and I entrust the whole Cuban people to the maternal intercession of our Lady of the Charity of El Cobre, patron of that country.”

 

It was signed Francisco, PP.

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