Priest tells Obama about Cuban exiles’ suffering, longing for freedom

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May 30, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama makes an unannounced stop to the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami, Florida May 28. Walking with the president is Father Juan Rumin Dominguez. The shrine is named for the patroness of Cuba and the Cuban people. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters) See story to come.

U.S. President Barack Obama makes an unannounced stop to the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami, Florida May 28. Walking with the president is Father Juan Rumin Dominguez. The shrine is named for the patroness of Cuba and the Cuban people. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

MIAMI (CNS) — The priest prayed an Our Father. The president lit a candle. And while gazing together at a revered image of Cuba’s patroness, the priest reminded the president of the suffering of Cuba’s people.

“Only in the United States that’s possible,” said Father Juan Rumin Dominguez, rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami, as he recalled the whirlwind, completely unexpected visit of President Barack Obama early in the afternoon of May 28.

The president was on his way to the airport after attending a Democratic fundraiser the night before and spending the morning at the National Hurricane Center.

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