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Felix Varela: Cuban hero to be recognized by Benedict XVI on papal trip

At 34, he represented Cuba and other provinces in the Spanish Parliament. However, after Napoleon invaded Spain, he fled to the United States. There, he founded the first Spanish newspaper in the U.S. He also continued to work with the youth and in education. After spending 30 years in exile, he died in Florida without ever seeing his country again. He was remembered by John Paul II during his trip to Cuba in 1998. He emphasized Varela?s deep spirituality that fueled his work and love for his home country. OFL/AE RR JM -PR