He was 90. President Raúl Castro delivered a statement on Cuban television to confirm his brother’s death: “With profound pain I appear to inform our people and the friends of the Americas and of the world, that today, November 25, at 10:29 pm, the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel CastroRuz died.
Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, has died aged 90.
His younger brother and successor as president Raul Castro announced the news on state television. Castro toppled the government in 1959, introducing a Communist revolution. He defied the US for decades, surviving many assassination plots. His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. Critics saw him as a dictator.
Revolutionary Religion: Liberation Theology and the Struggle for Socialism
In his book, ”Christians and Marxists”, Jose Bonino, the Methodist theologian, quotes Fidel Castro as exclaiming in wonder, ”The theologians are becoming Communists and the Communists are becoming theologians!”
“He who betrays the poor betrays Christ” (Castro 2006: 10). This statement, issued by Fidel Castro following the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, captures the essence of liberation theology.
Liberation theology emerged in Latin America in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution, during a period in which revolutionary opposition to the existing social, political, and economic order was a material reality, not merely a theoretical pursuit. Liberation theology encompasses both a radical interpretation and reassessment of the Bible and the Catholic Church’s role in society and a militant challenge to an existing social, economic, and political system based on violence, oppression, and exploitation. Liberation theology is not the academic pursuit of scholars confined to the Church hierarchy, but a revolutionary movement for the liberation of the poor and oppressed born out of the concrete material conditions of Latin America.