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The second papal visit ever in Cuba's history begins tomorrow with the arrival of Pope Benedict the sixteenth.
Inside Seattle he's gonna hold to open air -- is the one here in Nevada could draw more than half a million people.
Despite those large numbers the expectations for this visit.
Are quite different -- the last papal visit in 1998.
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Pope Benedict the sixteenth begins his three day visit to Cuba with two gold mark the 400 anniversary of the country's patron saint.
Our lady of charity and solidify the position of the church in the only Communist nation in the Western Hemisphere.
He's fourteen years since Pope has come to Cuba.
Visit by Pope John Paul the second in 1998 raised hopes that it could spark political change on the island as he had earlier in Eastern Europe.
Expectations were -- That Cuba -- would change dramatically would -- and resisted.
That a whole new -- -- might be open minded dynamics might be opening Cuba.
Those expectations proved unrealistic although the church made several gains expanding its charity in education working Cuba.
Opening a new seminary outside of -- and having church officials appear on state controlled media by adopting a pragmatic approach to relations with the Cuban government.
The church has been criticized by some opponents of the Castro regime.
The Pope will meet with Cuban president Raul Castro he may also meet with Fidel Castro it's not clear that he will meet with any Cuban dissidents something which is already drawn criticism of this trip.
Before it's begun.
In Havana Steve Harrigan Fox News.
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