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Pope Benedict meets Cuban President

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 00:54

March 28 - Catholic Pope Benedict XVI meets with Cuban leader Raul Castro during his visit to Havana. Simon Hanna reports.

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with Cuban President Raul Castro. Pope Benedict is only the second pope to visit this Caribbean island nation. Castro and the pontiff held an hour-long private meeting at the Council of State and Ministers, which the Vatican later described as "significant". The Pope reportedly asked the Cuban president to recognise Good Friday as a holiday. Years earlier, his predecessor John Paul II had petitioned Cuba to recognise Christmas Day as a national holiday. On Tuesday, thousands turned out to attend a mass in Santiago de Cuba held by the Pope. He is due to give a second open-air mass in Havana's vast Revolution Square before heading back to Rome. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Pope Benedict meets Cuban President

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 00:54