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Canada Goose Outlet HAVANA (Reuters) Cardinal Jaime Ortega rose from labor canada goose factory sale camp inmate canada goose uk black friday in the 1960s to become one of Cuba leading political figures, leveraging a non confrontational style into a rare position of influence for someone outside the Communist Party.

buy canada goose jacket cheap Cardinal Jaime Ortega, (C), marches at the annual procession of Our Lady of Charity, the patron saint of Cuba, on the streets of downtown Havana in this file photo from September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre canada goose coats Meneghini/Files

buy canada goose jacket With Pope Francis visiting Cuba next week, Ortega role in boosting the power of the Roman Catholic Church on the island has drawn both praise uk canada goose outlet and scorn.

canada goose black friday sale Cuba small but vocal dissident community Canada Goose online and hardline Cuban American exiles in Miami believe he has become too cozy with the government and should be doing more for human rights and democratic freedoms.

Ortega, 78, enjoys unrivaled access among religious leaders to Cuban President Raul Castro and he has long been an ally of Argentine born Pope Francis since their years together in the Latin American Bishops Council.

A soft spoken cleric with a ready smile, Ortega negotiated the release of 126 political prisoners in 2010 and 2011. He also played Canada Goose Parka a role last year in Cuba detente with the United States, leading to the renewal of diplomatic relations after 54 years of Cold War hostility.

cheap Canada Goose Some experts have compared his cautious calls for change and religious opening to the work of Karol Wojtyla under Communist rule in Poland before he became Pope John Paul II.

Ortega, John Paul II had an attitude of non confrontation that would allow the Communists to see buy canada goose jacket their own shortcomings, said Andrea Bartoli, dean of international relations at Seton Hall, canada goose clearance sale a Catholic university near New York. canada goose black friday sale moderation and the canada goose coats on sale opening are connected. It is because you are not confrontational that you can open these spaces.

canada goose coats on sale But critics say he uk canada goose has abandoned victims of oppression in exchange for a seat at the table of power.

canada goose Church buy canada goose jacket cheap has Canada Goose sale the same talking points as the Castro regime, said Berta Soler, cheap Canada Goose leader of the nominally Canada Goose Jackets Catholic dissident group Ladies in Whit.

She wants Ortega to forcefully denounce the government harassment of her group activists, dozens of whom are routinely detained by police for hours for participating in weekly demonstrations.

Ortega drew sharp criticism when he told Spain Cadena Ser radio in canada goose June there were no political prisoners in canada goose uk shop Cuba. Two weeks later, Cuba leading dissident human rights organization published a report saying there were 60 political prisoners, including about two dozen held for conducting peaceful protests.

canada goose clearance sale Ortega himself served eight months in a labor camp in 1966 67 at a time when Fidel Castro revolutionary government was rounding up religious figures, gay men and other perceived enemies.

Those camps, known as Military Units to Aid Production (UMAP), marked a low point in Cuba human rights record but Ortega is introspective rather than angry about that time. He said the suffering he saw was a experience that taught him a great lesson in compassion.

the middle of it all was a tremendous experience, to know canada goose clearance life as one could never learn in theological school, Ortega told government run Radio 26 in his hometown of Matanzas last year.

canada goose deals Although Ortega canada goose store considers himself a man of dialogue, he also takes an occasional dig at his critics.

Canada Goose online canada goose jacket are not very present among the people of Cuba, Ortega told Cadena Ser. dissidents, those that are called dissidents, are more present in the foreign press, in south Florida, and in blogs.

Canada Goose Jackets Church officials say Ortega job is to stand up for cheap canada goose uk basic principles such as religious canada goose uk outlet freedom and the well being of all Cubans, not to promote any partisan political agenda.

how it was with Jesus Christ. He was recognized and applauded, then sacrificed, and then recognized again, said Orlando Marquez, a spokesman for the Church in Cuba and editor of its monthly magazine, Palabra Nueva. President canadian goose jacket Barack Obama last December that the former Cold War enemies would restore diplomatic ties.

Canada Goose sale When Pope Francis had missives for Castro and Obama at a delicate stage of the talks, Ortega was his messenger, according to the second edition of the book Channel to Cuba, published this month.

The pope asked Ortega to personally deliver the letters, so the cardinal flew to Washington and arranged a secret meeting with Obama in the Canada Goose Online White House.

Canada Goose Parka GROWING INFLUENCE John Paul appointed Ortega https://www.canadagoosesale.biz bishop in western Pinar del Rio in 1978 and archbishop of Havana in 1981, when Cuba was still officially atheist.

canadian goose jacket As former Cuban leader Fidel Castro softened his stance on the Church, Ortega influence grew. In 1992, Cuba reformed its constitution, changing the state from atheist to secular and guaranteeing freedom of religion.

John Paul, who promoted Ortega to cardinal in 1994, visited in 1998, improving ties with the government and prompting it to recognize Christmas as a holiday.

Ortega standing gained further after Fidel Castro ceded power to his younger brother Canada Goose Outlet Raul.

canada goose clearance Then came the moment when Ortega became a real power broker and, in the process, alienated some former sympathizers.

By 2010, the Ladies in White had grown into a respected movement, many of them the wives of 75 political prisoners jailed in Canada Goose Coats On Sale a 2003 crackdown known as the Black Spring.

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