On May 2, the Havana Provincial Board of Health reported that Alcántara, who was on the eighth day of his hunger strike, was taken early that morning to the General Calixto García University Hospital emergency room.
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NEWS ANALYSIS: Cuba’s long-time archbishop resigns, but like the Castro brothers, is staying in the public eye.
The major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church said it was ‘important to listen to the Holy Father and at the same time to be listened to by the Holy Father.’
COMMENTARY: Today's meeting has the capacity to be decisive for the shape of world Christianity in the 21st century and beyond.
The Holy Father spoke on Sept. 20 to a youth meeting at the Father Felix Varela Cultural Center near Havana’s Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception.
During his off-the-cuff remarks at the cathedral in Havana, the Holy Father said, ‘Richness impoverishes you in a bad way — it takes the best we have and makes us poor.’
The trip will begin Sept. 19 in Cuba and conclude in Philadelphia on Sept. 27, with stops in Washington and New York in between.