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Pope Francis to visit Havana, Holguín and Santiago de Cuba

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A rities of the Vatican, the Cuban government and Conference of Cuban CatholicBishops have organized a program for Pope Francis’ forthcoming visit to the country, which will take place, as previously announced, from September 19-22. The Cuban government and citizens of the capital will welcome the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church on September 9 when he arrives in Havana to begin his apostolic visit. The following day he will hold a mass in the Plaza de la Revolución “José Martí,” visit the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and meet with priests, believers and seminaries in the Cathedral of Havana. He will also greet the youth in the Félix Varela Cultural Center.

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Pope Francis met Cuban President Raul Castro


Pope Francis met today with Cuban President Raul Castro in a private audience of about 55 minutes held in the halls near the Paul VI room of the Vatican. The President travels accompanied by Vicepresident of the Council of Ministers, Ricardo Cabrisas and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, among other representatives of his government. He was received by the Swiss guard of honor and the prefect of the Pontiff s House, Georg Gaenswein.

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Pope Francis Creates Commission to Restructure Vatican’s Economy

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Rome, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Vatican announced today the creation of a papal commission that will be in charge of restructuring the economy and the administration of the Vatican, by order of Pope Francis. The commission aims at “simplifying and rationalizing current structures and achieve a more thorough planning of the economic activities of all of the Vatican’s administrations”, noted a communiqué issued by the press office.

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Mexico: Countdown to Pope´s Arrival Begins

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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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John Paul II said Castro was Best Prepared for Pope's visit

Wojtyla said Castro was Best Prepared for Pope's visit

Wojtyla once told Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone that possibly no Head of State was better prepared than Castro for a Pope’s visit. Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone reveals in the book “Un cuore grande, Omaggio a Giovanni Paolo II” that Fidel Castro was really looking forward to John Paul II’s historic visit to Cuba in