Cuban Musician Weeps as He Sings Pope´s Praises

ROME, OCT. 11, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Legendary Cuban musician Compay Segundo broke out in tears when he spoke about John Paul II during an interview on Italian television.

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The guitarist and inventor of musical instruments, who celebrates his 94th birthday today, was taking part in a RAI entertainment program. He was overwhelmed when he recalled his Jubilee Year meeting with the Pope.

«The Pope is the heart of humanity; if all men accepted his message, there would no longer be any wars in the world,» the Cuban musician said.

The recording of the transmission had to be interrupted several times because Segundo was so overwhelmed.

Baptized Francisco Repilado, Segundo is a living legend, a crucial link between Spanish and African influences on Cuban music.

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