As Cuba readies for Pope Francis’ visit, Catholicism thrives again

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A Havana bus driver fixes a poster, with an image of Pope Francis and a message reading "Welcome to Cuba", on the windscreen. On right is a bronze sculpture of revolutionary leader Che Guevara. Photo courtesy of REUTERS, by Alexandre Meneghini

A Havana bus driver fixes a poster, with an image of Pope Francis and a message reading "Welcome to Cuba", on the windscreen. On right is a bronze sculpture of revolutionary leader Che Guevara. Photo courtesy of REUTERS, by Alexandre Meneghini

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The church -- repressed for decades after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution -- now has more autonomy than any organization outside the Communist Party.