William Neuman raises the issue,
Chávez in Cuba for Treatment, but Hasn’t Sought Visit With Pope
President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela flew to Cuba over the weekend to begin radiation therapy to treat the return of his cancer, he said Sunday. He will be there during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba, which begins Monday.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said that he had personally informed the pope and his entourage on Sunday morning about Mr. Chávez’s visit to Havana. He said they had not received any requests for an audience with Benedict.
“Anything can change. I don’t know,” Father Lombardi told reporters on Sunday afternoon during the pope’s visit to León, Mexico. “This is totally new. It wasn’t in the program.”
Let’s hope Pope Benedict doesn’t have the poor taste to visit with Chávez while avoiding the dissidents.
Babalu is keeping an eye on the papal visit to Cuba.