May the Devil Not Numb Pope Francis' (and Obama's) Conscience on Cuban Dissidents

Sunday, October 11, 2015
This past Friday, at the chapel of the Santa Martha residence in Vatican City, Pope Francis stated during his homily:

Calming the conscience, numbing the conscience, this is a great evil. When the devil manages to numb your conscience he has won a real victory.

Amen.

Hearing these words, it's hard not to think of the lives of three Cuban dissidents, who were arrested two weeks ago, as they approached Pope Francis for help in Havana.

(It's also hard not to think of the Obama Administration's new policy, which has effectively relegated Cuba's courageous democracy activists in an effort to embrace the Castro dictatorship. Or the business community, which is eager to profit off Cuba's repressors.)

Pope Francis saw first-hand how these Cuban dissidents -- Zaqueo Baez Guerrero, Ismael Bonet Rene and Maria Josefa Acon Sardinas, a member of The Ladies in White -- were dragged away and arrested.

So did the the international media, which captured the images.

Baez, Bonet and Acon have been on a hunger strike since September 20th and are being held at the infamous secret police facility at Aldabó and 100th Street in Havana.

No one has heard from them since -- or received any information regarding their well-being.

They peacefully approached Pope Francis to ask his support for the freedom for all Cubans.

May the devil not numb our conscience -- including Pope Francis' and President Obama's -- as these innocent Cubans now suffer for their unselfish advocacy.