January 18, 2020

Shameful Meeting Between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Havana

pope-francis-russian-orthodox-patriarch-kirillOn February 12, 2016, Pope Francis and Kirill, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church and a former KGB agent, met a José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba. Both signed a thirty point joint declaration prepared in advance, addressing global issues including their hope for re–establishment of full unity, the persecution of Christian in the Middle East, the Syrian Civil War and church organization in Ukraine. This was the first meeting between a pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch. Pope Francis returned to Cuba five months after his first visit upon being elected pope in September 2015. The Pope was severely denounced during his visit to Cuba for meeting with the oppressors and not the victims.

The website cubdest.org published an article titled “Meeting between Pope Francis and Kirill in Havana: worrying political aspects” on February 7, 2016. The article indicated the following: “Pope Francis returned to Cuba five months after his first visit to the ‘prison-island’, from the standpoint of the fight for freedom in Cuba, and considering its political and diplomatic aftermath, the result of this trip was regrettable, leaving a bitter aftertaste: the regime had been strengthened, and repression had been intensified. The choice of Communist Cuba as the venue for the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill has also helped to give prestige to the tyrants of Havana as supposedly trustworthy hosts and mediators.”

According the spokesperson of the Holy See, Father Federico Lombardi, the role of Cuban bloody dictator Raúl Castro as a host and a mediator was very positive. Therefore, it was not surprising that Raúl Castro himself stated that he was ‘honoured’ at the meeting of these two radical religious leaders in Havana.

Pope Francis previous visit to Cuba

During Pope Francis’ trip to Cuba in September 2015 there have been constant reminders of the role of the Vatican in assisting in normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba. Both President Barack Obama and Cuban dictator Raúl Castro have thanked Pope Francis for his behind-the-scenes role in helping along secret negotiations that culminated in the announcement on December 14, 2014 that the two countries had started on the road toward normalizing relations. Diplomatic ties were later reestablished July 20, 2015 after 54 years of hostilities. A series of shameful unilateral concessions have been made by President Obama to the tyrannical regime of Cuba.

Pope Francis arrived at José Martí International Airport in Havana on September 19, 2015 and was received by his friend the bloody dictator Raúl Castro and members of his oppressive regime.

Pope Francis told Cuban tyrant Raúl Castro upon arrival that “the world needs reconciliation.” The Argentinian pope said he would ask the patron saint of Cuba, the Virgin of Charity (Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre), “for all her Cuban children and for this dear nation, so that it would follow the road of justice, peace, liberty and reconciliation”. Pope Francis then said that he sends greetings to “all Cubans dispersed around the world” and to Fidel Castro he sent his “special sentiments of consideration and respect.”

This writer at the age of 17 invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs on April 17, 1961, and suffered two years of horrible and most inhumane imprisonment. It is sickening for him and many other freedom-loving Cubans on both sides of the Straits of Florida to hear the head of the Catholic Church say that he has “consideration and respect” for the cruel tyrant, Fidel Castro, who together with his brother, is responsible for executing by firing squad more than 15,000 children, women and men, jailing more than 300,000 human beings, and for the death of tens of thousands Cubans trying to cross the Straits of Florida seeking freedom. Both Castro brothers are also responsible for over two million Cubans having to abandon the land of their birth. The Argentinian pope is also aware that another person from his own nation, the assassin Che Guevara, shot over 2,000 men and boys in the first three months of 1959 in the fortress/prison of La Cabaña.

Fidel Castro does not deserve any “consideration and respect,” from Pope Francis, instead Fidel Castro deserves repudiation and condemnation for being an oppressive tyrant who destroyed a prosperous nation and was responsible for the tens of thousands of deaths in Latin America and around the world. Communist Cuba trained thousands of terrorists and provided them logistical support so they could go back and overthrow the leaders of their countries and implant communism. In Cuba “justice, peace and liberty” do not exist and will never exist so long as the Castro brothers remain in power with the help of the Vatican, and the Obama administration in the United States, and other complicit countries. With this oppressive and brutal communist regime of more than 57 years of terror, injustice and barbarism against the suffering Cuban people there is no possible reconciliation!

Raúl Castro used the opportunity of welcoming the Pope at the airport in Havana to say that the relations between Cuba and the Vatican were doing very well. The Cuban tyrant again made additional demands against the United States by saying that the “cruel, immoral and illegal” embargo must end. In addition, tyrant Raúl Castro demanded in compensation in the billions for the damages done by the U.S. embargo to the Island, the return of the United States naval base at Guantánamo, closing Radio and Television Martí and other unilateral concessions before the complete normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States could take place.

The Cuban dictator said he agreed with Pope Francis that “the planet must be saved and social inequality must be addressed.” He also repeated what the Pope frequently mentions and that is that the current international system (capitalism) is “unjust and immoral since money has been converted into an idol” and that the system “offends human consciousness” in dealing with immigrants and poor people.

With great hypocrisy and shamefulness Raúl Castro said that Cuba is moving towards “a prosperous and sustainable socialism centered on human beings, the family, and the freely, creative and democratic participation of the people, especially the youngsters”. He again repeated that Cuba “will not tolerate interference in its internal affairs,” which means that the United States or any other country cannot ask Cuba to cease violating human and civil rights.

It is terrible sad for this writer to have seen so many unilateral concessions made by President Barack Obama to Cuba’s communist regime while that regime has not offered anything in return. In diplomacy one country, much less a superpower, does not give everything to another country without a “Quid Pro Quo” or something in return. All of unilateral concessions given by the Marxist in the White House are forbidden by the Helms Burton law approved by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1992.

Only Congress could lift the Cuban embargo, however, the weak Republican leadership in both houses of Congress has tolerated these violations of the Constitution and the Helms Burton law as the Republicans has tolerated Obama’s continuing violation of the Constitution throughout his term in office. President Obama has governed the nation in a dictatorial manner and has made Congress irrelevant.

Dozens of opponents and dissidents before and after the Pope visit to Cuba were beaten and arrested. This writer thinks that Pope Francis should have demanded that Raúl Castro cease the arbitrary arrest of opponents and told him that he wants to meet with some of them. Additionally, the Pope should have visited the inhumane prisons of Cuba to see the many political prisoners who are still held throughout Cuba.

One political prisoner in Cuba, Armando Sosa Fortuny, has been in prison for more than 39 years, being the political prisoner who has been in jail the longest in the world. The Patriotic Cuban Council (Junta Patriótica Cubana), which is headed by attorney Antonio Esquivel, has been collecting money in each of the meetings to help this brave Cuban patriot and his family. This writer is an advisor to this anti-communist organization in Miami. Pope Francis did not criticize the lack of freedom and liberty and the constant violations of human and civil rights in Cuba

It is very unfortunate that Pope Francis never criticizes communist regimes in spite of the many crimes and injustices committed by them and the poverty that they create! Dr. Juan Torres wrote an article entitled “Pope Francis officiated a mass in Havana on the painting of Che Guevara and a statue of Jesus” which was published on September 20, 2015, in the website www.libertadusa.com.

Pope Francis officiated a mass in the Revolutionary Plaza (Plaza de la Revolución) in Havana.

The Pope’s mass was celebrated in the Plaza de la Revolución, under an enormous painting of the serial assassin Che Guevara on one side and the statue of Jesus Christ on the other.

Juan Torres explained that during the mass and later during his entire visit to Cuba Pope Francis never mentioned “the lack of liberty, religious persecution, or the constant violations of human rights of the suffering people of Cuba for many decades under the boot of the Castro brothers”. The lack of criticism toward the oppressive tyranny in Cuba by Pope Francis should not be a surprise. Torres pointed out that the Argentine Pope is very friendly to Marxists leaders in Latin America. He said that “Pope Francis’s silence on the many abuses of crimes committed by the Cuban tyranny is simply unacceptable”.

Torres concluded his article by saying the following: “What called my attention the most was that the mass was celebrated in the Plaza de la Revolución, under an enormous painting of the serial assassin Che Guevara on one side and the statue of Jesus Christ on the other. What a false representation and lack of respect to the Christian World!

Pope Francis visited Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and shook his bloody hands

After officiating a mass in the Revolutionary Square (Plaza de la Revolución) Pope Francis visited Fidel Castro for 40 minutes in a very friendly meeting, according to the spokesman of the Vatican Federico Lombardi. Present in the meeting were Castro’s wife, children and grandchildren as well as the apostolic nuncio Giorgio Lingua, a total of 10 people. The Pope and the dictator spoke of climate change and problems of the world. Both of them exchange gifts. The Pope gave Fidel Castro the encyclicals “Evanbelii Gaudium” and “Laudato Si” regarding the environment filled with falsehoods. He also gave Castro a book written by Father Llorente, a former Jesuit teacher of Castro when he attended the famous Catholic Belen High School in Havana. Fidel Castro gave the Pope a book called Fidel and Religion written by Marxist Brazilian priest Frei Betto, a proponent of Marxist Catholic liberation theology which the pope supports. Fidel Castro is almost 90 years old and he retired in 2006 due to illness.

Pope Francis visited Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and shook his bloody hands.

Pope Francis visit to communist Cuba in September 2015 benefited the despotic Castro regime and strengthen it politically. The Marxist Argentian pope second brief visit of February 2016 has done the same. Shame to both religious leaders for meeting with Raúl Castro, an atheist serial assassin!

Who is Kirill, the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church?

According to the website cubdest.org, in 2009, when Kirill was elected patriarch of Moscow, the Italian periodical Il Giornale, in a lengthy and detailed news report, revealed that Kirill, the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, and his predecessor had been agents with the notorious Soviet security agency, the KGB. Kirill was also well known within KGB circles as Agent Mikhailov. Only a few months before he was elected, in October 2008, Kirill visited Havana, where he praised dictator Fidel Castro who responded saying that the visitor was an important ally of Communist Cuba in its fight against so-called imperialism.

The article explained that Patriarch Kirill himself has a regrettable past of collaboration with the Soviet regime. Apart from his pro-Communist past, Patriarch Kirill also has regrettably supported Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. For example, the Orthodox Patriarch was one of the main people responsible for the fact that Russian Catholics are often considered as second-class citizens, and live in what is “essentially a political and psychological catacomb.” Patriarch Kirill, together with Russian Orthodox leaders, show particularly strong hatred for Ukrainian Catholics, most of whom, in political terms, continue to keep anti-Communist views.

In 2014, when the Ukrainian Parliament deposed their pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, Putin invaded the Crimea and threatened to invade the whole of Ukraine. Kirill did not go as far as to directly justify an invasion, but he did this indirectly, by blaming the Ukrainian Catholics for the loss of the political power by the pro-Russian leaders in the Ukraine.

In conclusion, the article from the website cubdest.org, explained the following: “The dialogue between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, as seen from the standpoint of freedom, could particularly affect the domestic situation in Communist Cuba, favoring the dictatorship once again; and in Ukraine, this could weaken the position of the Ukrainian citizens who had the courage of breaking free from the shackles of the Soviet regime, and politically fighting against the authoritarian Putinist regime, and not allowing themselves to be misled by the religious arm of the Kremlin, which is currently made up by the followers of Patriarch Kirill.”

Kirill, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, supports the bloody Castro brothers as well as Russian dictator Vladimir Putin

On October 20, 2008, while on a tour of Latin America, the future Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church had a meeting with the oppressive dictator Fidel Castro in Cuba. Castro commended Kirill as his ally in combating “American imperialism.” Kirill awarded Fidel and Raúl Castro the Order of St. Daniel of Moscow on behalf of Patriarch Alexy II in recognition of their decision to build the first Russian Orthodox Church in Havana.

Kirill or Cyril, whose secular name is Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, was born in Leningrad (present-day Saint Petersburg), Russia on November 20, 1946. He became Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church on February 1, 2009. Kirill worked for the Russian KGB.

Kirill “heartily congratulated” dictator Alexander Lukashenko for winning the presidency of Belorussia in 2010. This election, as well as the previous ones, was fraudulent and marked by violence and accusations of intimidation and vote rigging. Lukashenko is a strong ally of Putin’s Russia.

When Kirill was elected Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church on February 1, 2009, in Moscow, the Church service was attended, among others, Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin. The following day Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosted a reception for the Patriarch and the bishops in the Kremlin Palace.

On February 8, 2012, at a meeting of religious leaders in Moscow, Kirill described the Putin era as “a miracle of God” and criticized his opponents. He said that those who were demonstrating for democratic reform and the rule of law were emitting “ear piercing shrieks”

The Pussy Riot protest

Three female members of the feminist group Pussy Riot were arrested in March 2012 for performing a brief song in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow during which they called on the Virgin Mary to “chase Putin out”. The women were arrested for and were later sentenced to two years in prison. Instead of defending the freedom of speech, Kirill said they were “doing the work of Satan” and should be punished. This created criticism of the Orthodox Church for not showing mercy, while Amnesty International explained that the women were “prisoners of conscience.” In their closing statements, members of Pussy Riot claimed that Patriarch Kirill had used the church to support the cultural position of Putin’s government.

Patriarch Kirill is an unconditional supporter of the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and the Castro brothers in Cuba.

Conclusion

It was shameful that Pope Francis met with the former KGB agent Patriarch Kirill, who together with Russian Orthodox leaders has showed a particularly strong hatred for Ukrainian Catholics, most of whom unlike both of them are anti-Communist. Both of them share a love for bloody dictators. Pope Francis is a self-declared enemy of capitalism, free markets and consumerism and yet he has never criticized communist countries such as Cuba and Venezuela.

The pontiff’s attacks on those who worship the “God of money,” or the “idolatry of money” shows the Pope’s ignorance about free markets having lived his entire life in Argentina, a country that has never implemented capitalism properly. The “savage capitalist system”, an “economy that kills”, and “idolatry of money” that the Pope constantly condemns, is the only solution to end poverty and hunger in the world. Capitalism, when properly implemented, has brought millions of people out of poverty. Socialism and communism that the Pope supports not only have brought the killing of millions but also hunger, misery and increased poverty.

There are an increasing number of critics in Wall Street, the Tea Party, conservative media and religious figures who have slammed Pope Francis as a poorly camouflaged Marxist. There are many disaffected U.S. bishops, priests and parishioners who complain that the Pope has not given them enough support against the Obama administration over abortion, contraception and gay marriage.

Most Catholics in the United States and around the world are not aware that the Vatican has been infiltrated by communists. However, in spite of the cover-up by many cardinals, bishops and priests in the United States and other countries of the world, the truth will eventually come to light. Pope Francis will create a split in the Catholic Church among the anti-Communist favoring free market economics.

Pope Paul VI served as pope from 1963 to 1978.

We should all pray to God that the communists are expelled from the Holy See. Pope Paul VI once said, “The smoke of Satan has entered through some crack in the Temple of God. We need to pray to God that the Devil’s smoke of Marxism is forever expelled from the Holy See!

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