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Benedict XVI to Officiate Public Mass in Havana


Havana, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Pope Benedict XVI will officiate a public mass in the Cuban capital at the open in the Jose Marti Revolution Square in the third day of his apostolic visit to the Caribbean island. A massive attendance by believers and non-believers is expected, and the Revolution Square was prepared in honour

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Benedict XVI will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro


Havana, March 27 (PL) Pope Benedict XVI will be held here today a comprehensive program of activities including a meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, during the second day of the Pope on the island.According to the agenda of the visit, the dialogue with the administrator of the Caribbean will be held in the afternoon at the Revolution Palace in Havana, where it is expected that both heads of state to conduct a courtesy to the people on the stairs of the building.

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Cubans to Welcome Pope Warmly


Havana, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) Flags, placards and welcoming posters are part of the atmosphere of hospitality to welcome Pope Benedict XVI, who will begin an apostolic visit to Cuba on Monday.
Streets, avenues, public and business facilities, Catholic churches, carsand houses are full of warm examples for the “Pilgrim of La Caridad del Cobre”.

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Granma newspaper denounces provocations by counterrevolutionary groups


Havana, March 21, (RHC), — The newspaper Granma has denounced recent provocations by counterrevolutionary groups, funded by right-wing Cuban expatriates, who seek to tarnish the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the Caribbean island. Havana Church occupied last week by counterrevolutionary elementsIn a Wednesday article titled “Another chapter of disrespect and falsehoods,” Granma says that due to the its failure in preventing the visit of His Holiness to Cuba, the Miami-based Cuban extreme-right has planned an agenda of provocative actions aimed at pressuring the Vatican to speak against the Cuban revolutionary project.

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Cuban Antiterrorist Fighter Authorized to Travel Home

Roberto, Irma (mom) and Rene in May, 2011.

Havana, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) Judge Joan Lenard, of the South Florida Federal District Court, approved the motion to travel to Cuba presented by the attorney for Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in U.S. prisons. Lenard, who has been in charge of the trials of Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Rene Gonzalez, authorized the latter to pay a two-week visit to Cuba to see his brother Roberto, who is seriously ill.

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Mexico: Countdown to Pope´s Arrival Begins

Benedicto XVI

Mexico, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The last details for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit are being finalized in Mexico nearly over four days before the head of state of Vatican City arrives in Guanajuato. Radio stations, the press, websites and television channels have increased news related to the arrival of His Holiness, given the existing countdown.

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Vatican Condemns U.S. Blockade against Cuba


The Vatican on Friday condemned the U.S. blockade against Cuba, while making prior statements to the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Caribbean island next week. According to Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, the Holy See considers the blockade makes people suffer, and does not meet the goal of a greater good.

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Cuban Authorities Remove Illegal Occupants from Church

Basílica Menor de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad en La Habana

Cuban authorities, at the request of the Archbishopric of Havana, removed a group of 13 persons who illegally occupied the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity, in this capital. According to a press release from the religious institution, the measure was taken after over 48 hours of uninterrupted and non-authorized stay within the temple by those persons.

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Details about Launch of Fidel Castro’s Book Disclosed

Fidel Castro Ruz

Argentine academic Atilio Borón and Cuban-American lawyer Jose Pertierra will be panelists at next Wednesday”s launch of the book “Nuestro Deber Es Luchar” (Our Duty Is to Fight), by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. The book will be presented simultaneously in Havana, Caracas, Quito, Buenos Aires, Luanda, Santo Domingo, La Paz, Mexico City, Bridgetown, San Juan, Kingston, Washington, Madrid and Berlin, at 14:00 hours, Cuba time (19:00 GMT).

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Wife of Cuban Five Member Asks US President for Human Gesture

Gerardo Hernández

Adriana Perez O’Connor has spent 14 years without seeing her husband, Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban Five imprisoned in the United States for conspiracy to commit espionage, and hope that the international pressure forces U.S. President Barack Obama to adopt a measure that enables them to meet again.