Raul Castro Highlights Atmosphere of Mutual Understanding with Pope

6 Havana, Mar 29. – Cuban President Raul Castro, said at the farewell ceremony of Pope Benedict XVI that his visit to the island took place in an atmosphere of mutual understanding. In his speech at Jose Marti International Airport, the head of State stressed the existence of "many deep coincidences, but, of course, we do not think the same

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Pope Benedict XVI: I Hold Deep in My Heart All the Cuban People

3 Havana, Cuba.- Pope Benedict XVI concluded on Wednesday afternoon a three-day pastoral journey and official visit to Cuba, where he celebrated two Masses, visited the National Shrine of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre —Cuba’s Patron Saint—, and met with President Raul Castro and with the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. “I hold deep in my

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Benedict XVI to Officiate Public Mass in Havana

1 Havana, Mar 28. – 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 to the Cuban National Hero

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Benedict XVI Greets Cubans in Apostolic Mass

0 Havana, Mar 28. – Pope Benedict XVI greeted hundreds of thousands of Cuban and foreign visitors present at the Jose Marti Revolution Square on Wednesday to attend his apostolic mass. The Holy Father toured the square in his popemobile and saluted the people before arriving at the altar to officiate the mass. Shortly before arriving, believers and non-believers brought

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Fidel Castro and Benedict XVI Meet in Havana

1 Havana, Mar 28. – Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro, and Pope Benedict XVI met in this capital on Wednesday, shortly after a mass officiated by the Supreme Pontiff to hundreds of thousands of people. According to The Vatican´s spokesman, Federico Lombardi, the 30-minute meeting held at the Apostolic Nunciature in Havana was carried out very cordially. In a statement

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Raul Castro Attends Benedict XVI Mass in Havana

0 Havana, Mar 28. – President Raul Castro went to the Jose Marti Revolution Square in Havana, where Pope Benedict XVI officiates an open-air mass, on his Holiness last day of apostolic visit in Cuba. The Cuban head of State also attended the public mass officiated by the Supreme Pontiff in Santiago de Cuba on Monday, few hours after arriving

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Cubans to Welcome Pope Warmly

1 Havana, Mar 26. – 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, cars, and houses are full of warm examples for the "Pilgrim of La Caridad del Cobre," a slogan that will

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Mexico Bids Farewell to Benedict XVI

0 Silao, Mexico, Mar 26. – A plane of the Italian airline Alitalia took Pope Benedict XVI to Cuba from the international airport of Guanajuato, in Silao, at 10:18 hours, local time (16:18 GMT), on Monday. After the official farewell ceremony, headed by Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Pope Benedict XVI raised his arms in a sign of blessing before boarding

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Pope Benedict XVI: I am Leaving Mexico with Unforgettable Experiences

0 Silao, Mexico, Mar 26. – Pope Benedict XVI said he was leaving Mexico full of unforgettable experiences, in his last message before boarding the plane that is taking him to Cuba. The Pope gave a brief speech during the farewell ceremony at the international airport of Guanajuato, and insisted on the concepts of peace and concord. The Pope said

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