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."
More top news
Councils call for urgent changes to law that allow minibus drivers to operate without criminal record checks.
The maintenance worker spent 10 days in hospital after plunging 9.5 metres from a scaffold tower at a disused station.
Workers and managers are to stage another strike on Saturday amid a long-running dispute over jobs, pensions and closures.