Post-Hurricane Plea: Ease Up on Cuba

WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 22, 2005 ( Federal restrictions on travel and financial remittances to Cuba should be lifted temporarily in the wake of

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Hurricane Dennis, says the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ International
Policy Committee.

In a letter sent July 19 to U.S. House Representative Jose Serrano of New York, and released today, Bishop John Ricard offered support for a resolution proposed by Serrano that suggested easing restrictions on family travel and financial aid sent to Cuba.

He called the bill «a laudable example of the humanitarian spirit that ought to be a constant element of our Cuba policy.»

«I pray that your efforts to allow Cubans in the United States to reach out to assist
their families affected by the devastation of Hurricane Dennis will succeed,» added the bishop.

Hurricane Dennis, which roared across Cuba on July 8, caused extensive damage and is blamed for at least 10 deaths.

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