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Cuban President Raul Castro and Pope Francis next to the crucifix made of oars (Photo: AP)

The Pope received the cross from President Raul Castro during his trip to Cuba

Pope Francis and Cuba's Fidel Castro shakes hands yesterdat (AP Photo/Alex Castro)

Why did Pope Francis meet Fidel Castro?

The Holy Father wants to reach out to public sinners, even Communists

Pope Francis is escorted to a chair by Cuban president Raúl Castro at the airport in Havana (AP)

Pope hails improved relations between Cuba and United States as he begins 10-day visit

Pope Francis talks with Cuban President Raul Castro (CNS)

The Cuban leader claims he may come back to the Church, but is it nothing more than a canny move to shift the focus from the repressive nature of his regime?

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Cuban President Raul Castro  (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Cuba from September 19 to 22, according to the country’s bishops’ conference

Cuban President Raul Castro gestures as he leaves a private meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday (CNS)

Cuban president says he will attend papal masses during Francis’s vist to Cuba in September

Cuban president Raúl Castro meets Pope Francis on Sunday (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

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Cuba's President Raul Castro (PA)

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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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