Mi­ami Cuban cel­e­bra­tion turns to re­flec­tion on Castro death

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

MI­AMI >> Cel­e­bra­tion turned to somber re­flec­tion and church ser­vices Sun­day as Cuban-Amer­i­cans in Mi­ami largely stayed off the streets fol­low­ing a rau­cous day­long party in which thou­sands marked the death of Fidel Castro.

At St. Bren­dan Catholic Church in the Mi­ami sub­urb of Westch­ester, a mem­ber of the cho­rus read a state­ment by Arch­bishop Thomas Wen­ski about Castro’s death be­fore the ser­vice. There was no overt men­tion of Castro dur­ing the Sun­day Mass. But dur­ing the read­ing of the Prayers of the Faith­ful, one of the priests cprayed for “an end to com­mu­nism, es­pe­cially in Cuba and Venezuela.”

Out­side the church, Nel­son Frau, a 32-year-old Cuban-Amer­i­can whose par­ents fled the is­land in 1962, said he wasn’t sur­prised that Castro was not men­tioned. He said Wen­ski’s state­ment re­flected the role of the Catholic Church in Mi­ami as a me­di­a­tor to­ward peace be­tween the Cubans in Mi­ami and those on the is­land.

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