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Thousands of the faithful welcoming Pope Benedict the sixteenth to Cuba.
The part of continues his visit to data that Communist country after holding an outdoor mass in Santiago.
He is expected to meet with president role Castro later today.
Steve Harrigan is keeping an -- strip live from Havana what's that his message so far -- Steve.
John really a dual message from Pope Benedict for the tens of thousands of Cubans really who followed him on every step.
Of its three day journey so far here in Cuba first.
A message of comfort for ordinary Cubans many of whom are suffering really in some tough economic times to help the weak the poor and the sick.
But also a subtle push at the Cuban regime -- some indirect criticism.
Telling Cubans they should strive for a more open society -- society it is more humane and more reflective of god.
A Cubans have always been able to -- Democrats for political events but the big rats for the Pope are clearly showing a lot of enthusiasm as well John.
There's so what's the church hoping to achieve by this -- It seems like the -- -- after some real practical goals on this trip simply to broaden their role.
In life here in Cuba in -- state which was once -- keep in mind -- after the 59 revolution.
The Communists closed down all the churches so it's really being gradually building back up and these people visits are way to build back up.
The church wants to do more charity work they want to open religious schools they want to get church leadership on state controlled television.
It's all these practical goals that could open up a little bit.
After this papal visit John.
Steve Harrigan live from Havana Steve thank you.
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