Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the Dakota Access pipeline protests or news about this unprecedented US presidential election—and our coverage is never paid for by the oil and gas companies or the campaigns and superPACs. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How? This model of news depends on your support. Today, less than 1% of our visitors support Democracy Now! with a donation each year. If even 3% of our website visitors donated just $8 per month, we could cover our basic operating expenses for a year. Pretty amazing right? If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

The Case of Fr. Pat Sullivan and Cuba

April 16, 1998
Story
WATCH FULL SHOW

This week, the Cuban government ordered Fr. Patrick Sullivan —-the only American Catholic priest in Cuba -— to leave his parish in Santa Clara. The government says he is welcome to stay in the country until his visa expires next February, but Sullivan says he’ll leave as soon as he gets permission from the government.

Sullivan says his forced departure is politically motivated. He says the government is irked at his distribution of the UN Declaration on Human Rights at church, his support for known dissidents and his contacts with members of the foreign media. The Cuban government, however, says the decision came from the Church hierarchy.

Guest:

  • Steve Fainaru, a reporter for the Boston Globe. He broke the story of a group of Cuban dissidents who were imprisoned for staging a hunger strike in Santa Clara, Cuba before the Pope’s visit in January.
  • Jeremy Scahill, Democracy Now! Associate Producer and writer for The Catholic Worker, who met with Fr. Sullivan at his parish in Santa Clara during the Pope’s visit in a meeting some say contributed to Sullivan’s departure.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.