Posts Tagged ‘Monsignor Ramon Suarez Polcari’

Dissidents Ask Pope to Give Them “a Minute” on Cuba Visit

| March 13th, 2012 | No Comments »
Latin American Herald Tribune

HAVANA – The Cuban dissident group Ladies in White has asked Pope Benedict XVI to give them “a minute” of his time during his upcoming visit to the island.

“We’re asking His Holiness to meet with the Ladies in White, even if it’s just for a minute, to inform him about our situation and that of the political prisoners who have not been freed,” the group’s spokeswoman Berta Soler said.

Soler said that last Wednesday a delegation of the Ladies was received in the Havana Archdiocese by Monsignor Ramon Suarez Polcari, whom they asked to covey their request to Cardinal Jaime Ortega, Cuba’s Catholic primate.

Arranging a meeting of the pope with the island’s dissidents will be “very difficult,” was the response from the church hierarchy, Soler said.

She also said that her group told the Catholic Church of their wish for Cardinal Ortega to intercede once more with the Cuban government so that ... Read More

Cuba dissidents ask Church to stop harassment by state

| August 31st, 2011 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in Reuters

BY NELSON ACOSTA

HAVANA – Leaders of the dissident group Ladies in White asked the Catholic Church on Tuesday to intervene with the Cuban government to end what they described as violent acts against them and other human rights activists.

They said government supporters had recently roughed up members of the group in Havana and a newly formed chapter in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba and had given similar treatment to other dissidents.

Laura Pollan and Berta Soler told reporters they met with Church officials, but not Church leader Cardinal Jaime Ortega as planned because he was tired after returning from a trip.

“We asked the Catholic Church, which is our mediator, to end the harassment and the beatings of the Ladies in White … and human rights activists,” Soler said after the two emerged from the meeting at the Church’s headquarters in Havana.

The church officials, who included Ortega’s ... Read More