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Good Friday Becomes a Holiday in Cuba for 1st Time in 50 Years

Good Friday Becomes a Holiday in Cuba for 1st Time in 50 Years

Cuba's Catholic primate offered an appeal for forgiveness and reconciliation in a sermon that was broadcast on state television as the island's Communist government treated Good Friday as an official holiday for the first time in half a century. continue reading »

Exiled Cuban Dissident, Albert Santiago du Bouchet, Commits Suicide in Spain

Exiled Cuban Dissident, Albert Santiago du Bouchet, Commits Suicide in Spain

One of the scores of former Cuban political prisoners given refuge in Spain committed suicide this week on Grand Canary Island, his former girlfriend told Efe on Friday. continue reading »

Venezuelan Robot Dinosaurs on Display in Havana Park

Venezuelan Robot Dinosaurs on Display in Havana Park

An exhibition of life-sized robotic dinosaurs will be on show until September in a Havana park, from where the giant beasts from Caracas, donated to the island by the Venezuelan government, will begin an international tour. continue reading »

Chavez Returns Again to Cuba for 2nd Round of Cancer Treatments

Chavez Returns Again to Cuba for 2nd Round of Cancer Treatments

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was welcomed by Cuban President Raul Castro at the international airport in Havana, where he will continue the radiation therapy treatment against cancer he began a week ago, state media reported Sunday. continue reading »

Good Friday Now a Catholic Holiday in Cuba after Pope Makes Plea to Castro Government

Good Friday Now a Catholic Holiday in Cuba after Pope Makes Plea to Castro Government

Cuba's government has declared Good Friday a holiday to comply with a request by Pope Benedict XVI during his recent visit to the island, a decision taken as an "exception" this year while awaiting the "definitive ruling." continue reading »

Emotional Moment: Havana Seminarians had Chance to Meet Pope

Emotional Moment: Havana Seminarians had Chance to Meet Pope

Kenny Fernandez Delgado was 13 when Blessed John Paul II came to the tropical Cuban capital. He remembers little about the 1998 event other than arriving late for the Mass at Revolution Square with his mother and a brother continue reading »

Man Convicted of Espionage Returns to Cuba to be With Terminally Ill Brother

Man Convicted of Espionage Returns to Cuba to be With Terminally Ill Brother

One of the five Cuban intelligence agents convicted of espionage in the United States returned to the Communist-ruled island on Friday for a brief visit with his terminally ill brother, state television said. continue reading »

150 Dissidents Arrested in Cuba during Papal Visit, Fear Number will Rise

150 Dissidents Arrested in Cuba during Papal Visit, Fear Number will Rise

The opposition Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, or CCDHRN, on Tuesday said that the number of dissidents arrested in connection with this week's papal visit to the Communist-ruled island exceeds 150 and it fears that the number of arrests will mount. continue reading »

Pope Benedict in Cuba

Pope Benedict in Cuba

There still remain many areas" in which relations must move forward between the Catholic Church and the Cuban government, Pope Benedict XVI said here Monday as he began a three-day visit to the Communist-ruled island. continue reading »

Fetuses Found in Luggage Arriving in Miami from Cuba

Fetuses Found in Luggage Arriving in Miami from Cuba

A Miami-Dade Police spokesman recently revealed that human fetuses were discovered in the luggage of two women who had recently arrived in Florida from Cuba earlier this year. continue reading »

Cuban Plastic Artist, Alexandre Arrechea, Exhibits Work in New York

Cuban Plastic Artist, Alexandre Arrechea, Exhibits Work in New York

Cuban plastic artist Alexandre Arrechea will exhibit his new collection, Twisted Horizon, from March 2nd to April 7th in the Magnan Metz Gallery, NY. continue reading »

Arrests Made on Eve of Pope’s Visit Denounced, Including 100 Beggars and Ladies in White

Arrests Made on Eve of Pope’s Visit Denounced, Including 100 Beggars and Ladies in White

The Cuban dissident movement on Sunday denounced dozens of arbitrary arrests of opposition members, among them 18 of the Ladies in White group, as well as threats and intimidation in the days prior to the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI on the island. continue reading »

Chavez Back in Cuba for More Cancer Treatments, Will be There When Pope Arrives

Chavez Back in Cuba for More Cancer Treatments, Will be There When Pope Arrives

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is once again in Havana to receive radiation therapy just as the island is preparing to welcome Pope Benedict XVI. continue reading »

Dissident Cuban Blogger & HS News Contributor Yoani Sanchez Sees Opportunity in Pope Visit

Dissident Cuban Blogger & HS News Contributor Yoani Sanchez Sees Opportunity in Pope Visit

As Pope Benedict prepares to visit Cuba next week, a dissident blogger says the trip is a good time to showcase the real situation in the island nation. Even though Yoani S├ínchez believes the visit will not have a major political impact, she says it will be a good opportunity because of the increased international attention that comes with a visit by the Pope. continue reading »

Papal Visit:  Catholic Church Facts for Mexico and Cuba

Papal Visit:  Catholic Church Facts for Mexico and Cuba

Hours before Pope Benedict XVI is to land in Guanajuato, Mexico the Vatican has released statistical information on Mexico and Cuba. The Pope has events schedule in three cities in Guanajuato during his March 23-26 visit, he is due to land in Mexico at 5:30 CST. continue reading »