Under Castro’s leadership, the Cuban revolution began in 1953, finally ousting sitting president Fulgencio Batista in 1959. It upended Piedra’s world; his mother spent 40 to 50 days in prison, and two brothers were imprisoned for three and seven years, respectively, he said.
In a video message, Cuban President Raul Castro announced the Nov. 25 death of his 90-year-old brother and longtime Cuban leader and Communist icon whom many in Latin America know by just one name: Fidel.
South Florida Cuban-Americans poured into the streets of Miami’s Little Havana throughout the Nov. 25-26 weekend, starting almost immediately after learning that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died Nov. 25.
While many celebrated loudly on the streets, the death of Fidel Castro triggered a more subdued reaction among the Cuban exiles who attended the noon Mass Nov. 26 at the National Shrine of Our Lady Charity.
On the day the news of Fidel Castro’s death spread, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami was one of the first Catholic Church officials to respond early Nov. 26.
Fear nothing, break the chains that may bind you and bring hope to the world, Pope Francis told young people attending a special World Youth Day gathering in Cuba.
Tuve el privilegio de acompañar a los obispos de Estados Unidos y centenares de peregrinos a la isla de Cuba, para la visita del Papa Benedicto XVI. Los recuerdos de esta experiencia todavía están latentes. Visitamos Santiago y La Habana.