Fidel Castro Has Found Jesus, Will Ask Pope For Forgiveness, Daughter Says UPDATE

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Decades after his education by Havana Jesuits, is Fidel Castro starting to feel kinda bad about the whole renouncing religion and being a hated dictator stuff? According to his Miami-based daughter Alina, the Marxist in fact has "come closer to religion" as he edges stubbornly toward death. Vatican officials confirm to one Italian paper that the pope expects to talk Jesus -- and maybe even take confession -- from the ailing strongman during Benedict's visit to Cuba next month.

"He has rediscovered Jesus at the end of his life," says Alina Fernandez, his estranged daughter.

Update: Fernandez has emailed Riptide denying saying any such thing to the Italian paper La Repubblica. "I left Cuba many years ago, and have no idea if he has 'found Jesus' and would not be able to speculate about my father's supposed desire for 'forgiveness' or even his chances of 'eternal damnation,'" she writes.


Worth noting: Alina is a stringent critic of Castro in a book about her life in Cuba and in regular Spanish radio shows in Miami. So it's questionable just how close she is to Fidel's religious thinking these days.

But in an interview in Italy's second-largest paper, La Repubblica, she claims Fidel has moved back to his long-lost religion. Here's how ABC News translates the interview:

"During this last period, Fidel has come closer to religion: he has rediscovered Jesus at the end of his life. It doesn't surprise me because dad was raised by Jesuits."
An unnamed Vatican official chimes in to say that Pope Benedict also expects a warm welcome from Castro when the two meet in Havana on March 27:
"Fidel is at the end of his strength. Nearly at the end of his life. His exhortations in the party paper Granma, are increasingly less frequent. We know that in this last period he has come closer to religion and God."
Is it true? Could Fidel have rediscovered his long lost faith?

He's certainly on better terms with the church than he was in 1962, when he was officially excommunicated for imprisoning church leaders; he welcomed Pope John Paul II to Cuba 1998.

And in the past two years, Castro has been more receptive to releasing political prisoners at the urging of Cuba's bishop.

Still, the idea of Castro humbly confessing his sins to Pope Benedict is tough to imagine. If he does, Benedict better clear his schedule for a few hours. How many Hail Marys does, "I've been a dictator for four decades" carry?

Update: Here's the letter Fernandez sent Riptide. We've left her a voicemail as well; we'll update the post again if we have a chance to speak with her.

I was interested to read (your) article ... particularly since I have never said any such thing to anyone, much less La Repubblica or ABC News. I left Cuba many years ago, and have no idea if he has "found Jesus" and would not be able to speculate about my father's supposed desire for "forgiveness" or even his chances of "eternal damnation." (Your) article contains other comments that are either intentionally false or poorly researched. I have never in my life, even as a child, referred to my father as "dad."


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Ancor73
Ancor73

 Alina, si realmente eres tu, no te sientas mal por este articulo. Todo ayuda a bien y esta es una magnifica oportunidad para hablar del tema. Que Dios te bendiga.

Ancor73
Ancor73

He can't truly repent; because he is the Antichrist. You're losing your time and yours prayers. In 2016, when Castro met his 90 years; the people of God will change their prayers. i will left this post, so when the time will come, will be easy for people to believe.God Bless You.

Ancor73
Ancor73

Actions and works behind the truly repentance. If not, He's a liar. That's what the word of God says and what is in our pipe. There is not forgiveness without repentance and there is not a truly repentance without actions: free election, democracy and every thing that human being deserve.  Beelzebub you have the same opinion as a lot of Christians here; maybe you can become like one of them and change your name too. God Bless you.

Ancor73
Ancor73

The Word of God is clear, the man who blaspheme the Holy Spirit not have salvation. In 1989, when the especial period start in Cuba, Fid-el Ca-stro mock the Holy Spirit. Nobody paid attention to that, because the whole world that reject the Cross covers him. Hollywood is fascinated with him, because he is a great actor. Seems to have repented, but the reality is that it is a huge liar. The same happened at the beginning of his revolution. He is the perfect hypocrite, a great actor and the Master of deceive.Hugo Chavez is his disciple. He curse Israel, friend to Iran and claim to be christian? PLEASE READ THE BIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! . It's true that every body born in Earth, have the right to receive salvation; but God request works and actions to shows if the repentance is genuine.at this moment, never see any of sight of truly repentance. HE IS A CRIMINAL. Cubans go throughout the sea, because they are desperate for freedom. Even their children are exposed to sharks and dangers to reach a place where they can live decently. There are a lots more accusations against him before God's throne. By the way, substituting the romans numbers in the name of FIDEL CASTRO RUX may will find that it is impossible that the blood of Jesus can cover the Man of Sin.God Bless America, Maranatha, The Lord is coming.

Patrizio Marozzi
Patrizio Marozzi

Non si sa bene se riuscire a dare una capacità allanostra possibilità di perdono, sia in qualche modo capire noi stessi e lapossibilità di essere perdonati di cui abbiamo bisogno. E che strano principio,poi, è questa prova che noi stessi uomini ci costringiamo ad avere. E allora seDio è quel mondo spirituale che ci dà e permette di essere perdonati nel modopiù intimo e semplice direttamente da lui stesso, noi dobbiamo ascoltare questomondo spirituale che dentro di noi rischia di confondersi e smarrirsi e, perquesto che c’è bisogno di qualcuno che lo accolga.

Patrizio Marozzi

 

T.google

We do not know if you manage to give capacity to our ability to forgive, is in someway to understand ourselves and the possibility of being forgiven we need. And what a strange principle, then, is this proof that we force ourselves to be men. So if God is that which gives us the spiritual world and allows you to be forgiven in the most intimate and easily directly from himself, we must listen to the spiritual worldwithin us that is likely to become confused and lost, and why there need someone to welcome him.

Patrizio Marozzi

 

No sé si te las arreglas para dar cabida a nuestra capacidad de perdonar, es de alguna manera para entendernos a nosotros mismos y la posibilidad de ser perdonados necesitamos. Y lo que es un principio extraño, entonces, ¿es esto una prueba de que nos obligamos a ser hombres. Así que si Dios es el que nos da el mundo espiritual y le permite ser perdonados en lo más íntimo y fácilmentedirectamente de Él, debemos escuchar al mundo espiritual dentro de nosotros que es probable que se confunden y se pierden, y por qué hay necesitamos a alguien para darle la bienvenida.Patrizio Marozzi

B3nzyme
B3nzyme

He can't find Jesus by asking the pope for forgiveness

myoleman
myoleman

It would certainly be the most important thing he could ever do. All his benefits will totally cease upon death. And after that, only the dreadful expectation of certain judgment. Seek ye the Lord while He may be found! 

Yo Cephas
Yo Cephas

He doesn't need the pope or religion to repent and be transformed by the love and grace of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

long_drawn_knives
long_drawn_knives

dam Tim! Being that she just called you a bad journo! Maybe you should think about talking this down huh?

Patrizio Marozzi
Patrizio Marozzi

The world always seems to end up - but then peace has to start somewhere - and someone has to start it. is difficult for anyone to be God, for this you can try to be men they love, at least when God, if possible.Patrizio Marozzi

El mundo siempre parece terminar - pero la paz tiene que empezar en alguna parte - y alguien tiene que empezar. Es difícil para cualquier persona de ser Dios, para ello se puede tratar de ser los hombres que aman, al menos que Dios, si es posible. Patrizio Marozzi 

originale messaggioIl mondo sembra sempre finire - ma allora la pace deve pur iniziare da qualche parte - e qualcuno deve farla iniziare.  è difficile essere Dio per chiunque, per questo si può cercare di essere uomini che amano, almeno quando Dio, se possibile.Patrizio Marozzi

Beelzebub
Beelzebub

Hello Christians, you cannot pick and choose- According to your cool story bro... if Castro repents, he MUST be forgiven. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. That's what your bible says.

Hantofe
Hantofe

If Fidel did met Jesus, then Jesus must be very careful from now

Cfurman23
Cfurman23

El biejo cagalitroso de fidel que le rastan los webos por el piso

don juan
don juan

Cubans are spoon-fed porch monkeys that dont deserve the unfair privileges they get for being the populace of a country that neighbors our own. Miami is a fair example of the corruption and overall stupidity that they exude. If i was president i would offer them two plans, either i nuke you or you shut the fuck up with all that whining indefinitely. 

Alinacubalibre
Alinacubalibre

I am Alina Fernandez. Are you for real? Out of respect for your readers, I have to say that I have never spoken to you about this matter and much less, said anything as stupid as this. To you or to anybody else.

Probly
Probly

He surely will find forgiveness, if he truly repents. Let me clarify that I don't approve what he did to his people, that just un-leader like and wrong. It is true that some of us may never forgive him; but again, there is no one in this world that has not done anything wrong. We are not in any position to tell wether he shall receive or not receive salvation. It is a personal decision. After all, there is only one true judge. Think before you speak.

I hope that maybe he can do one good thing for his people before his time comes.

michael sola
michael sola

 A man hurts humanity all of his life, destroys families, kills people. Then at the end of his life he repents and the kingdom of heaven is his. What about the fate of all of those people hurts, dosent that count for divine justice? if so? then I dont believe in heaven

Natalie
Natalie

you cubans are stupid. castro has been dead for 15 years and his stand in is perpetuating his rule. of course if you weren't such COWARDS you'd give a shit about your country and take it back instead of sitting on your fat asses in Mommy Miami and doing squat. what a culture of phonies. 

Jeebus
Jeebus

who cares? Fidel is marked for Hell, doesn't matter what he does now...that goes for all Born Again's out there who think all the evil they've done (and continue to do) somehow gets them a free pass to Heaven...

Brian
Brian

My grandfather, who is about the same age, has described some of the atrocities Fidel has committed during his so called "revolution".  When that bastard Fidel dies, the world will find another Auschwitz with mass graves.

God may forgive Fidel but it's going to take me to the end of MY life if ever. I personally would like to see you burn in hell so please... don't repent. Give us Cubans some peace knowing you will burn.

Kenji
Kenji

He can find Jesus all he wants, but we as humans are not required to fogive him for what he has done to our family, country, and lives.

Barbara Hart
Barbara Hart

Glad to hear that, we all have sin and no sin is greater than any sin, and my thing is that let the first man who is without sin cast the first stone, we have to learn to forgive no matter how hard it is we have to try ,but we never forget what has happen, and that's why we  must always learn to forgive each other, which is the hardest thing to do, but we have to do it....

Jrlid
Jrlid

There is no forgiveness for him Rot in hell.

Rikster
Rikster

sure not that he's close to death he wants to repent... burn in hell!!

Bomb1200
Bomb1200

Die Pig!! DIE AND ROT IN HELL!!!

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

And don't turn the sprinklers on when he does his victory lap in heaven.

Rphl
Rphl

The information in this article from "Alina Fernandez" supposedly comes from a quote in Italy's  La Repubblica.  Is it not true? (assuming you are Alina Fernandez).  Using another news article as a source is questionable journalism, if you ask me.

Rphl
Rphl

your imaginary friend my give him forgiveness, that doesn't mean that the rest of us should.  I don't know about his "sins", but he has committed crimes against humanity and instead of forgiveness, should be brought to trial and condemned to death

Ylikiki
Ylikiki

If Cubans are stupid, YOU ARE AN IGNORANT BITCH! Read some history and get your facts straight.

long_drawn_knives
long_drawn_knives

sounds like a Cuban woman took your man, and showed him what a real woman's like.   

Cubesareloud
Cubesareloud

I agree with you Natalie these filthy unamerican Cubes have destroyed So Flo. They ran like cowards instead of defending their homeland while blowing bautista and have been stealing from the American taxpayer since the mid 60's via the Cuban immigration act. Give it up cubes, no smart informed patriot cares about your plight . Go fight for your little crappy Island. Stop your loud mouthed whining.. Castro won get over it jerks even when he dies you will get no satisfaction

Depradal0531
Depradal0531

Well thank you very much for your comment, but before continue on let me ask you a question. Are you Cuban? Did you go through what lots of us did? You, in my opinion and please correct me if I am wrong, have not clue of what you are talking about. Therefore please be more informed and educated about the ideas you present on your comment so it could be more intellectual and socially acceptable. I will pray for Fidel Castro and for all those who need prayers  because I do believe that God is the One who forgives. Take care and God bless you Natalie. 

michael sola
michael sola

 Natalie keep talking wait it is your ass or your mouth talking?

myoleman
myoleman

If you don't forgive men their sins, then God won't forgive your sins either.

Michi
Michi

Are you kidding me?? Are you willing to forgive a man who destroyed our parents, grandparents and so on lives. This MAN known as Castro should not be for giving at all!! I do believe in forgiveness, but not for Castro.  I beg, if he wasn't dying he would not be finding Jesus. 

myoleman
myoleman

Forgiveness unto Eternal Life is provided only by God. We must forgive others their sins against us so that God will forgive our own sins against Him. It's in our own convenience to forgive all sins.

myoleman
myoleman

As long as there's life, it's never too late to repent. The thief on the cross, with Lord Jesus, repented of all his sins in his final moments, and was granted entrance into Paradise by our Lord. The apostle Paul, who in his early life was a strict Pharisee, who caused the death and persecution of many early martyrs, also repented later in life and became the writer of half the New Testament.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Ok...maybe he is just taking pressure off of the players.

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Barbara Hart
Barbara Hart

 What are you going to do Michi, may be you don't believe that there is a God ,if you believe that their is a God, then let him take the revenge on !! Castro!! not you or any one else, you have to let go of hate, you said that you believe in forgiveness, but you really don't believe in  forgiveness, their is on two forgiveness, its only one forgiveness, is not something to pick which sin to forgive or which sin not to forgive, I know that you are hurting but you have to learn to forgive, that man, their is nothing you can do, its not easy for me to say this, but I have to say it, he will not get away !! CASTRO !! we may not see the end but God will deal with him in his own time, we may not like that but it will happen, nothing happen if he don't want it to happen, God, he can  destroy any one or any things but he give time to deal with things, 

long_drawn_knives
long_drawn_knives

then you must not be a christian, or believe in Jesus Christ! because he clearly, provides forgiveness for ALL who request it, despite their pasts. 

Forgive
Forgive

If you did believe in forgiveness why would you say something so contradictorial? Like saying that love is real but not for those who are poor. What I'm trying to say is that it doesnt depend on you.

long_drawn_knives
long_drawn_knives

I am from Cuba, and all of my family is from Cuba! Do not assume! And my grandfather was imprisoned as political prisoner for 11 years, so don't lecture ,me on Castro and Cuba please 

My point was, that if people claim to be Christian, then they MUST accept that even Fidel Castro, one of the worst humans on the planet, can be forgiven. If you are a Christian and dont accept that, then you are not really following Jesus Christ teachings, but some made up quasi-Christianity. 

Forgive Those Who Sin Against Us:   Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven..."  Matt 18:21-22

Love your Enemies:  But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.   If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?   For even sinners love those who love them.   And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners do the same. Luke 6:27-32

Yp
Yp

If you or your family had suffered like we have, you wouldn't say that. Castro is a CRIMINAL!

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Real Madrid is 10 points ahead of Barcelona, with 16 left to play. I think we can safely say that God does does not give a crap about human affairs.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

There's nothing worse than a contradictorial dictator

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