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Pope will visit Mexico and Cuba from March 23rd to March 28th

On March 23rd, the pope will depart from Rome. That very day he?ll arrive at Leon?s airport, where he?ll be greeted by Mexico?s president Felipe Calderon. There he?ll also be welcomed by the city?s bishop as well as other religious, civil and military authorities. During his visit, the pope will stay at the Residence of the Sisters of Miraflores College, also located in the city of Leon. On Saturday, March 24th, ; Benedict XVI will meet with several of Mexico?s government officials in the city of Guanajuato. The next day, March 25th, the pope will celebrate Mass at the Bicentenario Park. Also on that day, he?ll meet with the country?s bishops at Leon?s Cathedral. Representatives from other Latin American Countries and the Caribbean are ; expected as well.On March 26th, the pope will head off to Cuba. He?ll land in the city of Santiago, which is about 550 miles from the capital of Havana. ; There he will be welcomed by President Raul Castro and by Cuban bishops.According to his current schedule, on March 27th, ; the pope will celebrate Mass and commemorate 400 years since the apparition of Our Lady of Charity, who is also Cuba?s patroness. That same day, he?ll fly to Havana, to meet with president Raul Castro. The Pope will finish his trip on March 28th. ; That morning, he?ll celebrate Mass at the Revolution Plaza, just as John Paul II did back in 1998. The pope?s visit is expected to strengthen the dialogue between the Catholic Church and the communist government of Cuba. In Mexico, many hope the visit will help reduce the country?s violence and corruption. ;BR/KLH ;RR ;JM ;PR