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Father Patrick Sullivan

May 29, 1998

Pope John Paul will meet a group of Cuban bishops in June to discuss the effects of his trip to the island on the Roman Catholic Church there — this according to the Vatican. Its been five months since Pope John Paul II visited Cuba, the first visit ever of any Pope to the island nation.

One of the people who received quite a bit of media attention during and after that visit is Catholic Priest Patrick Sullivan from the Bronx, New York. Father Sullivan was the first U.S. priest to have a parish in Cuba since the revolution in 1959. He worked as the pastor of Iglesia La Pastora in Santa Clara, Cuba, for more than 3 years before leaving Cuba last month. Sullivan says the government forced him out because of his contacts with foreign media and his outspokenness on issues of liberty. But the Cuban government claims it was the decision of the Church.

We are now joined by Father Patrick Sullivan in this, his first radio interview.


  • Father Patrick Sullivan, the first U.S. priest to have a parish in Cuba since the revolution in 1959.


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