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Cuba Declares Good Friday Holiday After Pope Visit
BBC ^ | 3/31/12

Posted on 03/31/2012 3:43:03 PM PDT by marshmallow

Cuba's Communist government has declared Good Friday next week to be a public holiday following an appeal from Pope Benedict.

The Pope made the request during his recent visit to the island.

Good Friday is the day Catholics commemorate the death of Christ, and is a central part of Easter celebrations.

It is the first time it has been recognised as a public holiday in Cuba since the 1960s, when religious holidays were abolished.

President Raul Castro took the decision in light of the success of the Pope's "transcendental visit", the Cuban government said in a statement.

The holiday will initially be for this year only, but a decision will be taken later on whether to make it permanent, it added.

The Pope's predecessor, John Paul II, made a similar request during the last papal visit to Cuba in 1998, successfully persuading then-leader Fidel Castro to recognise Christmas as a public holiday.

Reports from Cuba say people generally welcomed the news of an extra day off.

"After 50 years of telling us the Church is bad, now they say it is good and we get Good Friday off," office worker Mirta Salgado told the Associated Press.

"I'm not religious, not Catholic, not anything, but at least this Friday I won't be working," she added.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: cuba; declares; goodfriday; holiday; pope; visit

1 posted on 03/31/2012 3:43:07 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

This is just amazing to me. The Pope asks, and the Communists comply.


2 posted on 03/31/2012 3:48:00 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: PGR88

It’s almost like they have no choice. It is wonderful to see.


3 posted on 03/31/2012 3:59:57 PM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: marshmallow
Fidel finds Jesus?

Hope he does. Hell is horrible.

4 posted on 03/31/2012 5:58:28 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (3 little children murdered by islam, Toulouse March 2012 . Time for the Final Crusade!!!!!)
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To: marshmallow

Will more changes come, that is the question!


5 posted on 03/31/2012 7:43:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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