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Rev. Francisco Marrero Gutierrez: Cuba-US Relations

Rev. Francisco Marrero Gutierrez: Cuba-US Relations

Mainline Protestant denominations and the Catholic Church have been pushing the Obama administration to lift the nearly 50-year-old trade embargo with Cuba. A prominent Cuban ecumenical leader says he believes the time is now right to do that. Reverend Francisco Marrero Gutierrez, head of the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba, says Cuban churches are playing a greater role in their society and need stronger ties with US Christians. Watch excerpts from his June 30, 2009 interview with Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly correspondent and managing editor Kim Lawton.

  • Jose Luis Casal

    It’s good to hear this type of information.
    Thanks

  • don giza

    LETS NOT REACT BECAUSE OF A 50 YEAR EMBARGO,OR 100 YEAR EMBARGO. WE SHOULD ALLOW THE PRESIDENT, WORK TOGETHER WITH HIS ADM,TO CONVERSE WITH CONGRESS,AND THE SENATE. TOGETHER THERE SHOULD BE COMMON UNDERSTANDING WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS TO FOLLOW A POSSIBLE LIFT ON THIS EMBARGO. IF THERE IS A GO ON THIS TOPIC THERE NEEDS TO BE A 1 YEAR TRIAL ON THIS HISTORIC MOVE. IF THINGS WORK THE PRESIDENT,SENATE AND CONGRESS COULD GIVE THERE BLESSING TO CUBA FOR A BETTER FUTURE TO WORK TOGETHER.

  • Deborah Brincivalli

    Gracias Pancho for sharing your insights. It is a joy to share in ministry with you. May God bless your ministry and that of the churches in Cuba.

  • Jack Kern

    The Presbyterian Church in Cuba is indeed very socially active. In so many ways the gospel hits the street in Cuba in very real and basic ways often hard to comprehend in the US, but informative and inspirational in every way. Thank you for sharing this story.

  • Susan S

    muy interesante!

  • GONZALEZ

    TODOS LOS CUBANOS QUE HEMOS SUFRIDO EL EMBATE DE 50 ANOS DE EXILIO, ESPERAMOS ANSIOSAMENTE QUE EL GOBIERNO DE CUBA DE SENALES DE CAMBI0.LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS YA DIERON EL PRIMER PASO. CREO QUE TANTO LOS EXILIADOS POR EL MUNDO COMO LOS CUBANOS EN LA ISLA QUISIERAN TENER UN ENCUENTRO FRATERNAL Y QUE EMPIECE UNA NUEVA ERA ENTRE AMBOS PAISES. DIOS, ILUMINANOS! EXCELENTE ENTREVISTA.

  • Juan Yglesias

    Congratulations. You are very sincere and clear.

  • Raul Santiago

    It is now time to lift this nearly fifty year embargo imposed on Cuba! Why?, because it does not work, it has not worked and it will never work. Human history has proven that ideas follow travel and trade. The best thing is to let this happen of its own accord with Cuba. Additionally, does it not strike us rather odd that we had a war with Vietnam and we have travel and trade with the country? Also, we have travel and trade with China, the largest of all communist countries? Finally, we are shooting ourselves in the foot economically by denying U.S. business a market of 12 million, only ninety miles away, people who need and want our goods.
    Finally, let common sense guide us concerning the Cuban embargo; lets lift it, end it, travel there, let them travel here, share ideas, and do business for our own good, and for that of the Cuban people.