BANNED from the Web: Pope Francis Alludes to WW3 in Havana Speech

20 09 2015

Yesterday Pope Francis arrived in Havana and was welcomed at the airport by the president  (Castro brother). Both speeches were broadcast live but CNN and possibly others cut out the sound when the pontiff strayed from the script. It was broadcast without interference on religious broadcast channels with English translation. Probably the “live” broadcast was delayed enough to censor his astonishing remarks.

Both speeches were short.

Today, you would expect to see the whole ceremony with English subtitles or translation on You Tube without much trouble. But it is nowhere to be found. The broadcasters aren’t even showing it and major newspapers aren’t linking to it.

Here is the text of the speech  (Sept. 19, 2015 in Havana)

Mr President,
Distinguished Authorities,
Brother Bishops,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I thank you, Mr President, for your greeting and your kind words of welcome in the name of the government and the entire Cuban people. I also greet the authorities and the members of the diplomatic corps present at this ceremony.
My gratitude also goes to Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, the Most Reverend Dionisio Guillermo García Ibáñez, Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba and President of the Episcopal Conference, the other bishops and all the Cuban people, for their warm welcome.
I thank, too, all those who worked to prepare for this Pastoral Visit. Mr President, I would ask you to convey my sentiments of particular respect and consideration to your brother Fidel. I would like my greeting to embrace especially all those who, for various reasons, I will not be able to meet, and to Cubans throughout the world.
This year of 2015 marks the eightieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Cuba and the Holy See.
Providence today enables me to come to this beloved nation, following the indelible path opened by the unforgettable apostolic journeys which my two predecessors, Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI, made to this island. I know that the memory of those visits awakens gratitude and affection in the people and leaders of Cuba. Today we renew those bonds of cooperation and friendship, so that the Church can continue to support and encourage the Cuban people in its hopes and concerns, with the freedom, the means and the space needed to bring the proclamation of the Kingdom to the existential peripheries of society.
This Apostolic Journey also coincides with the first centenary of Pope Benedict XV’s declaration of our Lady of Charity of El Cobre as Patroness of Cuba. It was the veterans of the War of Independence who, moved by sentiments of faith and patriotism, wanted the Virgen mambisa to be the patroness of Cuba as a free and sovereign nation. 
Since that time she has accompanied the history of the Cuban people, sustaining the hope which preserves people’s dignity in the most difficult situations and championing the promotion of all that gives dignity to the human person. The growing devotion to the Virgin is a visible testimony of her presence in the soul of the Cuban people. 
In these days I will have occasion to go to El Cobre, as a son and pilgrim, to pray to our Mother for all her Cuban children and for this beloved nation, that it may travel the paths of justice, peace, liberty and reconciliation.
Geographically, Cuba is an archipelago, facing all directions, with an extraordinary value as a “key” between north and south, east and west. Its natural vocation is to be a point of encounter for all peoples to join in friendship, as José Martí dreamed, “regardless of the languages of isthmuses and the barriers of oceans” (La Conferencia Monetaria de las Repúblicas de América, in Obras escogidas II, La Habana, 1992, 505). 
Such was also the desire of Saint John Paul II, with his ardent appeal: “May Cuba, with all its magnificent potential, open itself to the world, and may the world open itself to Cuba” (Arrival Ceremony, 21 January 1998, 5).
For some months now, we have witnessed an event which fills us with hope: the process of normalizing relations between two peoples following years of estrangement. It is a sign of the victory of the culture of encounter and dialogue, “the system of universal growth” over “the forever-dead system of groups and dynasties” (José Martí, loc. cit.). I urge political leaders to persevere on this path and to develop all its potentialities as a proof of the high service which they are called to carry out on behalf of the peace and well-being of their peoples, of all America, and as an example of reconciliation for the entire world. The world needs reconciliation, as it experiences an atmosphere of a third world war that’s happening in stages. 
I place these days under the protection of our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Blessed Olallo Valdés and Blessed José López Pietreira, and Venerable Félix Varela, the great promoter of love between Cubans and all peoples, so that our bonds of peace, solidarity and mutual respect may ever increase.
Once again, thank you, Mr. President

EWTN (religious tv)  commentators indicated just before WW3 reference that he was off script as I am sure they had an advance copy of prepared remarks.
Here is the speech (no translation):



4 responses

21 09 2015
Trowbridge h. Ford

What a wonderful man and speech.

He is the only serious peacemaker going, not just another junketeer who hopes to achieve some kind of victory by forcing others to capitulate.

Just hope that he is not assassinated, particularly by agents of the United States who conspired to shoot Pope John Paul II because he wasn’t doing enough to defeat communism, and to make the fiasco assassination of The Gipper look like a common experience.

21 09 2015

I saw it ‘live’ and had to switch when CNN cut him off the mic … they had nice translations on other station (live).
They are trying to scrub this important message from the news and from the internet.
It will get interesting when he comes to NY.
Yes, faithful should pray for his safety in the United States. He is a rare diamond on the ash-heap of leaders.

25 09 2015

At 10 a.m. EST today he addresses the U.N. General Assembly.
U.N. live tv here:

29 09 2015

Many videos from the pope’s US visit are on Rome Reports –

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