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Cuba to release prisoners before papal visit

December 26, 2011

The government of Cuban plans to release 2,900 prisoners--including a number of political dissidents--as a public gesture in advance of a visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

President Raul Castro said that the release program was a response to pleas by the relatives of prisoners and by religious leaders. The Catholic Church has helped to negotiate the release of political dissidents during the past year.

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