HAVANA—Fidel Castro’s government sent the Rev. Juan Francisco Naranjo to two years of work camp in the 1960s for preaching the Gospel in a Cuba, where atheism was law and the faithful were viewed as suspect. For years, Naranjo’s church was almost abandoned, with just a handful of people daring to attend services.
THE Associated Press reports, and I quote almost verbatim its moving account. As dawn was breaking over his beloved land, a wooden box containing Fidel Castro’s ashes was placed by his brother Raul in a hole on the side of a granite boulder. The hole was covered by a plaque with one word on it, FIDEL. The boulder lies across from the grave of Jose Marti, Cuba’s Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio rolled up in one. It is alongside a memorial to the rebel soldiers killed in the attack that Castro led on the Moncada barracks, thereby detonating the Cuban and the human revolution that shook the world—and morally remade mankind.
HAVANA—Political leaders and other dignitaries from around the world joined Cuban mourners on Tuesday night in the packed Plaza of the Revolution—the site of so many fiery orations by Fidel Castro—to pay their last respects to the former Cuban leader in a service called “Song to Fidel”.
WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump’s threat on Monday to “terminate” the US detente with Cuba could trigger opposition from some Republican lawmakers and corporate leaders who favor continued engagement with Havana. Since 2014, when President Barack Obama began to normalize relations with the island, the United States has taken numerous steps to increase commercial travel, commerce and the flow of information to Cuba.