Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in Plaza de la Revolución 'José Martí' on March 28 in Havana, Cuba. A building in the background displays an image of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara.
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WASHINGTON — As Pope Benedict XVI departed from Havana, Cuba, March 28 in a turbulent rainstorm, the glowering sky seemed a sadly fitting tribute to a visit marred by violence.
Throughout his three-day pilgrimage, the Holy Father’s goal of preaching the Gospel to an embattled people was grossly undermined by the heavy-handed tactics of government security agents who forcibly prevented many people from hearing the Holy Father’s message.
More than 150 Cuban human-rights activists were detained, typically sequestered in police stations, during the Pope’s pilgrimage to prevent them for expressing opposition to the Castro regime, according to Amnesty International.
At least one protester at...READ MORE