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Sunday, 4 December 2016

“Viva Fidel!” Castro’s Ashes Interred in Santiago de Cuba












On Sunday, nine days of mourning and a four-day procession across the country ended in eastern Cuba, as they laid Fidel Castro to rest next to independence hero José Martí. Crowds lining the streets of Santiago de Cuba (Cuba’s second-biggest city) shouted “Viva Fidel!” and “I am Fidel!” as a camouflage-green hearse made its way to Santa Ifigenia cemetery, the resting place of numerous national figures, where a tomb had been secretly constructed during the past months. Artillery fired a 21-gun salute as the ashes, in an urn wrapped in the Cuban flag, disappeared beyond the gates of the cemetery. They didn’t televise the ceremony, and they didn’t allow journalists inside. The 500-mile journey from Havana, where Castro (who led his country for 49 years) died on 25 November, was a reverse of his 1959 march on Havana that ended with Castro assuming control of the island. Reportedly, Fidel himself planned every aspect of the procession before his death at the age of 90, including the night the hearse spent outside the mausoleum of Che Guevara. The public display of mourning culminated on Saturday night, when his brother, 85-year-old Raúl Castro, delivered a speech on a square in Santiago packed with tens of thousands of Cubans, many of whom were crying. Castro, who assumed full control of Cuba in 2008, following a series of medical setbacks to his brother said:

The unconquered Fidel calls us with his example. We’ll overcome any obstacle, turmoil, or threat in the building of socialism in Cuba.

An assembly of current and former world leaders, including Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Jacob Zuma of South Africa, and Brazilian ex-presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff looked on, or addressed the crowd. Raúl Castro announced that they’d name no places after Fidel, and erect no monuments to him, since “the leader of the revolution strongly opposed any manifestation of cult of personality”.

4 December 2016



4 December 2016. George Galloway on Comrade Fidel



Fidel Castro didn’t die. He isn’t dead; he lives-on in all of us, and in the lives of our children, even those yet unborn. That’s why these gold-toothed scar faces are dancing in Miami today, because they think that they’ll be going back to business as it was before. The greatest legacy of Fidel Castro is that Cuba will never ever again be anybody’s casino, anybody’s bordello. It is a free country, thanks to the Cuban revolution and its leader Fidel Castro, one of the greatest human beings who ever lived, who ever walked this earth. We were privileged to live in his era. Some of us were privileged to be his comrade and friend and to spend many hours with him. He isn’t gone. Hasta la victoria siempre, Comandante Fidel Castro! Presente!

George Galloway

Alfeyev Expressed Condolences for Castro’s Death at the Cuban Embassy in Moscow


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On 30 November 2016, Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, the Chairman of the MP Synodal Department for External Church Relations (OVTsS), visited the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Moscow. He met with the head of the diplomatic representation of Cuba in the Russian Federation Emilio Lozada Garcia, to express condolences for the death of the former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro Ruz. At the Embassy, Metropolitan Ilarion laid flowers before Castro’s portrait, saying to Ambassador Lozada:

I’d like, on behalf of His Holiness Kirill the Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias and myself, to express my heartfelt condolences to you personally, to the Cuban government, and to all Cuban people in regards to the death of Comandante Fidel Castro. As Patriarch Kirill stated in his condolence message sent to the brother of the deceased, Chairman of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz, Comandante Fidel led Cuba for many years, he became a national symbol and a legend in our country. In Russia, there is probably no one who doesn’t know his name. The friendship between our two peoples, and the respect that the Russian people feel for the Cuban people, all this is largely due to the years when every Soviet citizen knew the name of Fidel Castro.

Metropolitan Ilarion pointed up that His Holiness Patriarch Kirill had a special feeling for Cuba, he repeatedly visited the island, and he met with Fidel Castro. Metropolitan Ilarion reiterated that the construction of a Russian Orthodox church-building in the centre of the Cuban capital took place due to the personal participation of Fidel Castro:

It wasn’t a chance occurrence that the meeting between the Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias and the Pope of Rome took place in Havana. This was a deliberate decision of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill… the meeting should take place there, and not somewhere else. This visit of His Holiness gave him a last opportunity to see Comandante Fidel. I’d like to express my sympathy to all of you and I wish that the friendly feelings that the Russian people have for the Cuban people and Cuba would endure in Russia for many more years.

In turn, Ambassador Lozada thanked Metropolitan Ilarion for his kind words and gave assurances that the Cuban leadership would continue to strengthen friendly relations and to preserve the long-standing fruitful coöperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Government of Cuba. M Kh Palacio, the head of the Office of Public Relations and Protocol for the Ss Cyril and Methodius all-Church Postgraduate and Doctoral Institute, was also present at this meeting. Metropolitan Ilarion left a note in the Condolences Book for Fidel Castro at the Cuban Embassy:

On behalf of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias, I express heartfelt and sincere condolences to the Cuban government and to all Cuban people due to their heavy loss… on the death of Comandante Fidel Castro, who became a symbol of the struggle of the Cuban people for independence. For more than half-a-century, Comandante Fidel led Cuba. In Russia, everyone knows his name. The Russian Orthodox Church is grateful for his role in building a church dedicated to the Wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God of Kazan in Havana, due to which our compatriots in Cuba have a place to worship and to meet. I wish that those good feelings of friendship and mutual respect between the Cuban and Russian peoples, which the departed did much to foster and develop, should remain in our hearts.

On 25 November, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz died in the 91st year of his life. On 26 November, Cuba announced a nine-day mourning period. Fidel Castro’s funeral will be on 4 December in Santiago de Cuba.

30 November 2016



Sunday, 27 November 2016

27 November 2016. Rod Dreher Attacks Our Holy Patriarch… Shouldn’t He Find a Church More to His Liking?

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Rod Dreher is up to his usual antics again. This time, he used his soapbox at Buchanan’s Far Right rag to attack our holy Patriarch. It’s no secret that Kirill Gundyaev is LEFT of centre. Everyone knows this. Rightwing filth like Potapov and Dreher are actually swimming against the tide; they’re not in the mind of the Church at all. Our Patriarch wrote a nice letter of condolences to the Castro family and to the Cuban people. It’s quite in his style to do so… Dreher KNOWS that HH is leftist in orientation. For instance, look at the image below:




This was HH laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Aleksandrovsky Sad, on 22 June. HH ORDERS the Church to serve Pannikhida for the fallen of the Red Army and for the many civilian victims of the VOV. I’ll bet you that Dreher’s parish is rebellious, and refuses to do so. HH has blessed clerics to offer Pannikhida at the Kremlin Wall, before the niche of G K Zhukov, as Georgi Konstantinovich was a believer. HH blessed and approved clerics to offer Pannikhida for the Soviet war dead of the Spanish Civil War. All this is publicised on patriarchia.ru. It’s no secret and the Church isn’t ashamed of it, either. Other Local Churches do likewise… here is a laying to rest of the remains of two Soviet pilots in Czechia… the Local Church there sent a priest to serve Pannikhida, as is proper.


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In fact, HH does likewise… here he is in Cuba, laying a wreath at a memorial to the Cuban soldiers who died defending Angola from South African and American aggression.


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In short, Rod Dreher is out of step with the Church (but not with elements in the ROCOR who’ve long sold-out to Langley and received its dirty money). If Mr Dreher doesn’t like our holy patriarch, he should leave and go elsewhere… perhaps, to any one of the many Evangelical conventicles in his state. He’s more in tune with them than he is with us. After all, he voted for Trump the Chump, who’s LESS of a Christian than Comrade Fidel was… Comrade Fidel didn’t dump wives right and left… nor did he run whorehouses, sweat-shops, and plantations, like so many of those in Little Havana in Miami. They’re natural Republicans… they oppressed their employees and used the state to kill those who opposed them. They’re far from being “innocents”… their hands are drenched in the blood of their compatriots.


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HH with Comrade Zyuganov at the Danilov Monastery in Moscow… they’re friends and not ashamed of it either!


We have a HOLY patriarch. GOD BLESS AND KEEP HIM. 

Go to hell, Rod… you’re not of us… you never have been and never will, until you drop your arrogance and drop your rightwing fancies. I don’t see that happening. I’d love to see it happen, but I don’t think that it will. God can work miracles… we mere humans can’t…


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