Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 14, 2012 / 06:06 pm (EWTN News)
Weeks before Pope Benedict's visit to Latin America, Cardinal Norberto
Rivera of Mexico City encouraged Cuban Ambassador Manuel Aguilera de la
Paz to work for greater religious freedom in his country.
During a Mass at the Cathedral of Mexico City on Feb. 12, Cardinal
Rivera said Mexico welcomed the Cuban ambassador "with affection, and we
rejoice that you are exercising your religious freedom," reported
Vatican-based Fides news agency.
"We know with certainty that the commander (Fidel Castro) and President
Raul (Castro) are taking care of each detail of Pope Benedict XVI's
visit," the cardinal said.
Ambassador Aguilera told the Archdiocese of Mexico City's News Service
that his meeting with Cardinal Rivera was "very cordial."
"We spoke about the upcoming visit of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI,
to Cuba. I told the cardinal that the Cuban people are going to receive
His Holiness with great unity, much affection and respect, just as we
received Pope John Paul II in 1998."
He also said Cardinal Rivera told him that he went to Cuba with Pope
John Paul II "and that he was sure that this new visit would be a great
"My best wishes for a successful visit to Mexico for His Holiness, Pope
Benedict XVI, and of course I hope for great success for the visit he
will make to our country," Aguilera said.