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Pope meets Fidel in Havana

Pope Benedict has met with Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro after saying mass in Havana before addressing a 600,000-strong crowd.

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Pope criticises US trade embargo on Cuba

Pope Benedict XVI has criticised the trade embargo imposed by the US on Cuba Credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Benedict XVI criticised the 50-year-old US trade embargo on Cuba as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the island, urging reconciliation and greater freedoms.

He said: "May no one feel excluded ... from taking up this exciting search for his or her basic freedoms, or excused from this by indolence or lack of material resources, a situation which is worsened when restrictive economic measures, imposed from outside the country, unfairly burden its people."

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