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Cuban Orphans to Receive Holy Thursday Collection
Those who make an offering during Holy Thursday's Mass in the Basilica of St. John Lateran will be offering a gesture of solidarity to orphans in Cuba.

Last year, the collection was directed to Caritas Somalia's heath care center in Baidoa, a destitute town in the southern part of the African nation.

The center provides free health care. And one year after the Popes contribution, the outpatient facility has increased its service to almost 170 patients a day. In an average month, the center serves more than 4,000 patients, Caritas reported.

Benedict XVI's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, visited Cuba in February, to mark the 10th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's trip to the island nation.


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