HAVANA — Cuba has honored an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI and declared
next week’s Good Friday a holiday for the first time since the early
days following the island’s 1959 Revolution, though a decision on
whether the move will be permanent will have to wait.
The Communist government said in a communique Saturday that the
decision was made in light of the success of Benedict’s “transcendental
visit” to the country, which wrapped up Wednesday. It said the Council
of Ministers, Cuba’s supreme governing body, will decide later whether
to make the holiday permanent.
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