Posted: Aug 3, 2010 8:50 PM by Alison Haynes
WASHINGTON (AP) - Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega has been honored
by American Catholics for mediating the communist island's release
of dozens of political prisoners.
Ortega, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Havana, accepted the
highest prize presented by the Knights of Columbus at their annual
convention in Washington.
The Catholic men's group praised Ortega for negotiating the
release of 52 political prisoners who are to be freed from Cuban
jails in the next few months. The cardinal said more than 20 of
those prisoners already have traveled to Spain.
Ortega called the Cuban church's discussions with the communist
government "unprecedented," and said "they bring about a new
situation of social appreciation for our Catholics."