Jesuit Reports for Vatican Radio from Cuba for Papal Visit

Pope Benedict XVI was welcomed to the island nation of Cuba yesterday, by President Raul Castro who met the pontiff at the airport in Havana.

The director of Vatican Radio’s German Program, Jesuit Father Bernt Hagenkord, has been in Havana for a few days, preparing for the Pope’s arrival. He’s been walking the streets and talking to the people there, to find out what their expectations are, and how they intend to greet him.

“A lot of preparation went into this visit, organizationally as well as diplomatically, although it is not really visible in the streets. However, all people I could talk to agree, it will, like its predecessor, leave a changed Church and as many hope, a changed country.”

To listen to the full report from Fr. Hagenkord, please press play: 

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