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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

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

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A Passion play in Panama (Press Association Images)

What does the cry of the people baying for blood during Christ’s Passion really mean?

Guido Reni's Crucifixion in San Lorenzo in Lucina, Rome

Why Catholics care about the Cross

It tells us a simple fact: that God loves us, all of us, and died for us

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he arrives for the general audience (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Pope Benedict XVI leads the traditional Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome (CNS photo/Stephan Crasneanscki/ courtesy of CBS)

Cloistered Augustine nun tells Vatican Radio that the problem is ‘much vaster’ than the clerical abuse crisis and ‘regards all humanity’