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Pope Francis and Barack Obama talked about Cuba during their meeting at the Vatican in March (Photo: CNS)

One meeting between US and Cuban officials was held at the Vatican

Benedict XVI says his trip to Mexico and Cuba was an unforgettable experience

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

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