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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2004.01.28 MPA: THURSDAY, 29 JANUARY 2004 EXPECTING IMPRESSIVE MOVES IN CUBA Istanbul, 28 January 2004 (12:20 UTC+2) A formal invitation will be extended to
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      2004.01.28 MPA:

      THURSDAY, 29 JANUARY 2004
      EXPECTING IMPRESSIVE MOVES IN CUBA

      Istanbul, 28 January 2004 (12:20 UTC+2)

      A formal invitation will be extended to Cuban leader Fidel Castro to visit
      Mt. Athos, by Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos, in his letter thanking him
      for the warm welcome during his historic visit to Cuba, which opened up new
      horizons for Orthodoxy and Hellenism, both in this island country of the
      Caribbean, and throughout the American continent.

      In a discussion with the press shortly before the landing of the "Olympic
      Airways" flight in Istanbul, the Ecumenical Patriarch mentioned the
      unexpectedly warm welcome he received from the Cuban government and its
      President Fidel Castro, as well as the pressures of the US.

      "The Americans cannot be pleased, but we are not a party, we are not an
      ideology", pointed out the Patriarch, asking those who continue insist on
      the embargo against Cuba: "What did the poor do, what did the children do,
      so as not to have medicines", asked the Head of Orthodoxy.

      Mr. Vartholomeos observed that the role and mission of the Patriarchate
      place it above ideologies, political confrontations and quarrels.

      The extent of the warm welcome Mr. Vartholomeos found from both the Cuban
      leadership and people, is evident in the fact that the President of Cuba
      met with the Patriarch 7 times, had three private meetings with him,
      accompanied him to the airport in his car, and expressing views that were
      unimaginable for an unyielding Marxist revolutionary such as Fidel.
      According to statements of the public, they expect help from the Ecumenical
      Patriarch and Greece, not merely financial, but help with ideas, because it
      seems that Cuba is at the beginning of impressive openings. Evidence of
      this opening can be found both in the wish expressed by Fidel for books on
      Mt. Athos and Orthodoxy to be sent to Cuba, in order to be distributed to
      the country's schools and foundations, and in the invitation for the
      foundation of Theology School of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Havana,
      with the expenses to be covered by the Cuban State.
      © 1994-2004 Macedonian Press Agency
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