Pope Benedict speaks on the Beatifications in Japan and Cuba
After praying the Angelus, the Pope recalled the fact that tomorrow, November, 24, “the beatification will take place of 188 Japanese martyrs, both men and women, killed during the first half of the seventeenth century. On this occasion, so important for the Catholic community of Japan, I give assurances”, he said, “of my spiritual closeness”.
Benedict XVI then went on to mention the fact that, on November 29, Br. Jose Olallo Valdes of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God will be proclaimed a blessed in Cuba. “To his celestial protection”, he said, “I entrust the Cuban people, especially the sick and healthcare workers”.
Speaking Spanish, the Pope directed a special greeting to Cuban pastors and faithful who will participate in the beatification ceremony at Camaguey, expressing the hope that “the intercession of the new blessed may help the Church in her evangelising mission, and bring renewed apostolic vitality to all Cubans who glory in being disciples and missionaries of Jesus Christ”.