Havana, Cuba, Mar 16, 2012 / 11:13 am
After requests from the archdiocese, local police have removed protestors from a Catholic Church in Cuba who had occupied the building for two days insisting on a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI.
“Nobody has the right to turn churches in political trenches,” said spokesman for the Archdiocese of Havana, Orlando Marquez.
“Nobody has the right to disturb the celebrative spirit of the Cuban faithful and of many other citizens, who are awaiting the visit of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to Cuba with joy and hope.”
Th group of 13 protestors were removed without resistance from the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity on March 15 after Cardinal Jaime Ortega spoke with local officials.