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Pope Benedict XVI and Raúl Castro outside the Palace of the Revolution in Havana. In the middle is a translator (CNS photo)

Castro declares Good Friday a holiday

Good Friday is to become a public holiday in Cuba for the first time since 1959

Cuban political dissidents Alejandrina Garcia de la Rivas and Laura Maria Labrada Pollan. Both have reportedly been arrested (CNS photo)

The dissidents had appealed for a meeting with Benedict XVI

The Pope arrives to celebrate Mass in Revolution Square, Santiago de Cuba

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Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd at the Mass (CNS photo)

Benedict XVI acknowledges the daring and self-sacrifice of Cubans struggling for freedom

Benedict XVI waves as he boards the plane to Mexico (AP)

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Our Lady of Charity church in Havana, where the occupation took place

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Cardinal Dolan is leading the US bishops' fight against the mandate (CNS)

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Benedict XVI arrives for this morning's general audience (AP)

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A boy and girl pray at a Catholic church in Havana (CNS)

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Benedict XVI waves at the end of a Mass for Latin America at St Peter's Basilica last night (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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