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Pope Francis officiates mass in the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre

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This morning Pope Francis officiated a mass in the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, which was attended by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers who, as he told the Pontiff, has participated in all three ceremonies officiated by His Holiness in Cuba.

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Pope Francis is now in Santiago de Cuba

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The Pontiff has arrived in Santiago de Cuba, the second most populated province on the island which, together with Havana, was also visited by John Paul II in 1998 and Benedict XVI in 2012.

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THE BLOCKADE MUST END : Declaration of the Cuba – Network in Defense of Humanity

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Last December 17, 2014 with the simultaneous announcement of the presidents of Cuba and The United States regarding the decision to reestablish diplomatic relations, the first step was taken in a long and complex process towards normalization of the ties between those countries. Barack Obama has made public his intention to take measures to modify the application of some aspects of the blockade, and to request the US Congress that it be lifted. However, this genocidal policy remains intact.

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Pope Francis arrives in Holguín

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On the third day of his pastoral visit, Pope Francis arrived in the city of Holguín, the first Pontiff to visit the province, and where today at 10:20am he will officiate his second mass in Cuba. His Holiness left the capital at 8:00am this morning and at 9:10am the Alitalia aircraft transporting the Pope touched down at the Frank País International Airport, located 15 kilometers from the city centre.

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If Cuba has reprieved 3,500 people, the US should liberate 141,000: what mass media will allow us to read such a claim?

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Media around the world published the news: the Government of Cuba had decided to release 3,522 prisoners as a humanitarian gesture to the Pope’s visit to the island.The Pope will also visit US on this tour. A few days ago, more than 60 social organizations -led by Pastors for Peace- asked President Obama in Washington to follow the example of Cuba in the release of prisoners. As was expected, mass international media have not devoted almost a line to this.
Making a three simple rule, if Cuba ‘s prison population is 57,000 people , and the US 2,3 million -the biggest in the world- the White House should release 141,000 people imprisoned for achieving extent of the action taken in Havana.

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Cuban President receives Pope Francis at Havana’s Palace of the Revolution

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On the afternoon of Sunday, September 20, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, received Pope Francis, on a courtesy visit to Havana’s Palace of the Revolution. Raúl and the Bishop of Rome are currently holding private talks and will presently exchange gifts. After the ceremony, the Pontiff will make his way to the Cathedral of Havana, where residents from the municipality of Old Havana are currently awaiting him.

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Raúl receives Argentine President

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During the friendly encounter, the leaders discussed the excellent state of bilateral relations between the two countries, and reaffirmed their willingness to continue strengthening the relationship. They additionally addressed regional and international issues, in particular the importance of the process of integration underway in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Pope Francis visits Fidel

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Monsignor Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, confirmed in a press conference held this Sunday, September 20, that Pope Francis met with the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, after the mass. According to Lombardi Pope Francis and Fidel held a pleasant meeting which lasted between 30-40 minutes.

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Pope Francis in Cuba: Minute by minute…

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11.35.-Pope Francis is undertaking a revolution within the Catholic Church itself, which is why some, as well as considering him the leading statesman of his time, see him as a strong candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, stated Frei Betto at the press conference in Havana.

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Raúl receives UNESCO Director-General

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Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, received Her Excellency Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), who is on an official visit to the island.