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The role which the Catholic Church is playing in today's Cuba is significant as there is a mutually productive process going on for both sides and to the advantage of each.

It's important to keep in mind that the Vatican, an independent city-state, has had normal relations with Cuba since 1935 and it favors and end to the US blockade of the island.

Relations over the years since the revolution have not been as warm as they have become since Pope John Paul's visit in 1998.

Readers who would like to know more about Church-State relations in Cuba would do well to read Frei Betto's book-length nterview with Cuba's leader FIDEL AND RELIGION.

Some additional information can be gleaned from a review of what Fidel and the Cuban media had to say following the death of Pope John Paul II at :

The speeches given by John Paul in Cuba:

Walter Lippmann

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