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Tuesday, 27 March 2012 - 11:24
Pope Benedict meets Raul Castro at start of Cuba visit
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Pope Benedict XVI has begun a three-day visit to Cuba - the first papal visit to the communist-run island for 14 years.

The Pope, who flew in from Mexico, was welcomed to the eastern city of Santiago by President Raul Castro

The Pontiff said he had come as a pilgrim of charity, and would pray for peace, liberty and reconciliation.

He also expressed sympathy for the "just aspirations" of all Cuban people, wherever they were.

Later, Pope Benedict celebrated mass with tens of thousands of people in Santiago's Revolution Square.

President Castro was among those attending the service.

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