Now it's John Paul's successor who asked the brother of Fidel Castro to make Good Friday a holiday and look what we have!
Imagine the lobbying power of the popes!
I hope the Holy Father goes to PHL to appeal to our president (ugh) to stop discussing the RH Bill!
From Detroit News.com
[Nice first step.]
The Communist government said in a communique Saturday that the decision was made in light of the success of Benedict's "transcendental visit" [huh? new age? LOL!] to the country, which wrapped up Wednesday. It said the Council of Ministers, Cuba's supreme governing body, will decide later whether to make the holiday permanent.
Benedict's appeal was reminiscent of his predecessor John Paul II's 1998 request that Christmas be restored as a holiday. Religious holidays were abolished in the 1960s after brothers Fidel and Raul Castro came to power, ushering in a Marxist government.
Good Friday is the day Catholics commemorate the death of Christ, but it is not a holiday in the United States, most of Europe or even Mexico, the most Catholic of the world's Spanish-speaking countries.
Cuba removed references to atheism from its constitution in the 1990s, and relations have warmed with the church. [So much for separation of Church and State. Now, the Freefarters are fuming, well, gas!] Still, less than 10 percent of islanders are practicing Catholics.
Benedict was met by large, but not overwhelming, crowds during his three-day tour. He dismissed Marxism as outmoded even before he arrived, then sprinkled his homilies and speeches with calls for more freedom and tolerance, often as senior members of the government watched from front-row seats. The pope also spoke out against the 50-year U.S. economic embargo, which the Vatican has long opposed.
Cubans said they were thrilled, if slightly incredulous, to hear of the day off.
"I'm happy I don't have to work, but really I don't understand any of this," said Roberto Blanco, 38. "First they tell us we have to work harder to get out of the economic crisis, and now they give us a day off. The pope comes and we don't work? I don't get it." [Just get the day off, will you?!]
Mirta Salgado, a 51-year-old office worker, acknowledged not being at all religious, but said it was better not to over analyze these things.
"The things that happen in my country are incredible. After 50 years of telling us the church is bad, [atheists here are just starting.] now they say it is good, and we get Good Friday off to boot," she said, shaking her head in disbelief. "I'm not religious, not Catholic, not anything ... But whatever, at least this Friday I won't be working!"
See that! Even non-Catholics benefit from what the Church is doing!
This leads me to....
INC should work on Holy Thursday and Good Friday!!!
They don't believe those days naman e!