Pope Francis Meets With Family of Deceased Cuban Democracy Leader Oswaldo Paya

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Today, His Holiness Pope Francis received the family of deceased Cuban democracy leader, Oswaldo Paya, during a private meeting at his residence.

Attending the meeting (see image below) were Oswaldo Paya's widow, Ofelia Acevedo, as well as their daughter, Rosa Maria Paya, and sons, Oswaldo J. Paya and Reinaldo Paya.

Among the issues discussed were the deaths of Oswaldo Paya and democracy activist, Harold Cepero; the Castro regime's repression against peaceful democracy activists; the Cuban reality of "fraudulent change"; the Christian Liberation Movement's proposed plebiscite; and the status of the Catholic Church in Cuba.

Oswaldo Paya died on July 22, 2012, when the car he was traveling in was rammed off the road by Castro's secret police.