Cardinal celebrates Christmas Mass with Cuban migrants

 
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CARDINAL Jose Luis Lacunza, The Bisho  of David celebrated Christmas  Mass at the Catholic Church in Paso Canoas  where hundreds of Cubans who remain stranded at the border with Costa Rica.
Lacunza arrived at the church at 10:00 am tande was greeted  by  more  than 300 Cuban migrants, reports La Prensa. 

"The idea is to come to share with them and give them some encouragement and hope in the difficult situation  in which they are living and to which the Catholic Church in Paso Canoas and the country has responded" said Cardinal Lacunza.

He asked the governments of Central American countries to do everything possible to realize that on the borders of Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua there is a humanitarian situation that cannot go unnoticed.
"Let them seek political solutions as soon as possible, because this cannot be sustained for much longer," said the Cardinal.
He said that hopefully in  these days of Christmas celebration a more realistic perspective will emerge and to  give the necessary assistance to these migrants, so that they can move on to the United States.

The mayor of New York, on Thursday,  December 24, made a commitment to make efforts to help the migrants  through diplomatic channels with Costa Rica and Nicaragua, so that  a humanitarian corridor can be opened so they continue their journey to America.



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Richard Charron

Thanks for your support. If appointed I will make you my secretary after we send you in for some major real life education.

3 years ago
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Garlicball

charron for US Ambassador to Cuba and the world!!

3 years ago
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PedasiPaul

You are correct, which makes Richard wrong. Cubans have enjoyed special treatment under American law for decades as part of the Cold War legacy. Once they arrive on American shores, they get to stay. Don't like it, then change the law. Maybe Senators Rubio or Cruz would work on that for Rich.

3 years ago
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Bob

I think Cubans still qualify as refugees if they get to the US so they would not be illegal aliens.

3 years ago
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Richard Charron

"He said that hopefully in these days of Christmas celebration a more realistic perspective will emerge and to give the necessary assistance to these migrants, so that they can move on to the United States." If they move on to the U.S. they will be illegal aliens. Why would the church want to promote someone doing something illegal. The only legal and practical solution for all concerned is to move them back to Cuba where they should be joining with others who are dissatisfied with their way of life to take their country back just as Castro took it in the first place. The same applies to Nicaraguans, El Salvadorans and Guatemalans as well the refugees from Syria. Most are able bodied men capable of fighting for their own countries and families. We highlight the plight of the women and children simply because it plays well in the media. If the U.S. took in the disadvantaged from all over the world there would be 2 billion people living there on borrowed welfare.

3 years ago
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