Pope Benedict’s current visit to Cuba is about more than just connecting with fellow Catholics as the head of the church looks to push a humanitarian mission. The leader of more than one billion Catholics worldwide is, among other things, urging the communist country to become a more open society in order to prepare for the future. The Pontiff has also met with President Raul Castro in an attempt to lobby for Good Friday to be recognized as a national holiday and to have the church given a greater role in Cuban society. The 84-year-old Pope is reported to also have various humanitarian requests, such as the release of political prisoners. However, the Vatican was no prepared to disclose the details of his demands. There is also a chance that former president Fidel Castro will also meet with the Pope.
Pope’s Cuban visit comes as more travelers reach the island’s shores
The Pope’s calls for a more open society do not come as a coincidence as the U.S. is slowly easing the embargo placed on the country 50 years ago. Even though Americans are finding ways into the formerly forbidden country, many rules remain in place and must be followed. More information can be found on the U.S. Department of State website.