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Pope Francis has not scheduled on his agenda a meeting with Cuban dissidents during his visit to the island between 19 and 22 September, said Tuesday Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman. In other declarations, the former ambassador to the Vatican to Cuba, Bruno Musaró, said the Pope will visit Cuba as a pastor, not as a politician. "The visit of Pope Francis is eminently pastoral, following the imprint of his predecessor John Paul II and Benedict XVI," said Musaró, but added that "for the popes, pastors of the Church, there are not taboo subjects, even those concerning to Cuba." Internal dissent has asked the pope to intercede for the release of political prisoners, excluded from a long list of pardons recently released by the island authorities.


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