In Cuba, today is the first Good Friday being celebrated as a national holiday in over 50 years, thanks to Pope Benedict XVI.
As a result of the Pope’s request to the Cuban regime when he met President Raul Castro last week in Havana, the government has declared a day off for the solemnity that marks Christ’s crucifixion, explaining in a statement that the decision honors the Pope’s “transcendental visit.”
Cuba’s Council of Ministers, its highest governing body, will decide whether to make the day a permanent holiday in the future.
The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, considers this news “a very positive sign.”
“The Holy See hopes that this will promote...READ MORE