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Visiting Cuba, Pope Hopes To Renew Vatican Ties

Pope Benedict continues his Latin American trip by visiting Cuba. He'll celebrate the 400th anniversary of the appearance of the Virgin of Charity and meet with President Raul Castro. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with Washington Post reporter Nick Miroff, who is in Cuba, about the Pope's efforts to improve relations in the communist country.
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Pope To Meet With Cuban President Raul Castro

Pope Benedict is in Cuba, Latin America's least Catholic country. He arrived Monday in Santiago, where Cuba's revolution began in 1953. He urged Cubans to seek unity and overcome their divisions, but his message wasn't especially political.
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Prospects for Change in Cuba

The Pope’s visit to Cuba highlights its struggles for economic, social and political change. Diane and the panelists discuss life in Cuba today and implications for the U.S. and Latin America.

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Some Cuban-Americans Wary As Cuba Welcomes Pope

When Pope Benedict arrives in Cuba on Monday, he'll be greeted by Cuban-Americans who have made the pilgrimage from Miami and other U.S. cities. Still, there are concerns that Cuba's Catholic Church isn't doing enough to reach out to political dissidents.
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Pope To Give Mass In Mexico

Pope Benedict XVI gives an open-air Mass in Mexico Sunday and, on his way there, will bless the Christ the King monument, an important symbol of Mexican Catholicism.
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Pope Visits Cuba To Recharge Faith, Urge Reform

Pope Benedict XVI's trip will be the first papal visit to the island since John Paul II's historic trip in 1998. Two outdoor public Masses will give Benedict a chance to address the Cuban people, and all sides of Cuba's long political conflict will be looking for a little sympathy from the pope.

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