Cuba's 'Ladies in White' call for a papal meeting

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Cuba's 'Ladies in White' call for a papal meeting

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A three day papal visit to Mexico has ended with Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass in Leon Cathedral. Bishops from Mexico and neighbouring countries had been specially invited.

In a country where ordinary people are constantly caught up in drug cartel wars, the pontiff encouraged Mexicans to pray against poverty and drug violence.

Next stop is Cuba where the dissident ‘Ladies in White’ group is calling on the government to allow them a brief audience with Pope.

‘Ladies in White’ founder Bertha Soler spoke for them all when she said:” As people who are marginalised, the oppressed, we too have a right to at least one minute with His Holiness.”

The Ladies, who are campaigning for the release of Cuba’s political prisoners, anticipate a government clampdown on demonstrations during the Pope’s visit.