New Jerseyans React To Pope’s Visit To Cuba

March 28, 2012 12:00 AM

New Jerseyans React To Pope’s Visit To Cuba
" UNION CITY, NJ (CBSNewYork / AP) - Pope Benedict XVI is visiting the island nation of Cuba today and those of Cuban descent living in Hudson County have something to say about it.

WCBS 880′s Levon Putney On The Story

“They should have a little bit more freedom,” said Mike Gonzalez of West New York as he left the sanctuary of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Union City.

He stopped to talk about the Pope’s meeting with Fidel Castro, and how people are treated on the island.

“They should have the right to go to Church every sunday, and you know, to pray to their saints whenever they want at their homes,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney.

This area of Hudson County is heavily populated with Cuban-Americans, who are not all on the same page about things in Cuba.

“Since the visit of Pope John Paul II, there has been more freedom, more openness, and greater participation of the Catholic church,” said church volunteer Damien Dearmas, who was more optimistic and hopeful that Pope Benedict’s visit will lead to talks of more freedom and unity "

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