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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

Bishop Bernard Fellay with newly ordained SSPX priests in 2009 (AP)

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A worker seals boxes of documents after a Mass in 2007 marking the conclusion of the initial phase of the Cause of Pope John Paul II in the Basilica of St John Lateran (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

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A statue of Christ seen outside Cuba's new San Carlos and San Ambrosio Seminary (CNS photo/Desmond Boylan, Reuters)

Last Havana seminary was taken over by the government in the early days of the country’s Communist regime

Cuban President Raúl Castro attends the opening of the new seminary in Havana (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

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