Is it possible that the historic deal on Cuba struck today between Barack Obama and Raul Castro -- with the Pope's help -- came about because it is one of Santeria's holiest days of the year?
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December 17 is the birthday of Babalu Aye, who is the Santeria god of healing. Today, Wednesday, is also his day of the week.
For untold worshipers in Cuba, and the exile community here in Miami, Babalu Aye is one of the most venerated deities in the Santeria pantheon. His African name translates to "Father, lord of the Earth," and he is associated with infectious disease and healing.More »