Church Rejects Insults Over Mediation

HAVANA TIMES, Aug. 21 — The Cuban Catholic Church rejected the insults contained in an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI, which questions its role in the release of the island’s political prisoners after the negotiation with the Cuban government, according to a press note released in this capital. The Church’s action, notes the text, “has not relied, nor will it ever rely, on political tendencies, or on those of the government or those opposed to them, but rather on its pastoral mission,” reported IPS.