Cuba, the Pope and U.S. relations

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Pope Benedict XVI, right, meets with Cuba's Fidel Castro last Wednesday. (AP Photo/Cubadebate)

Hour 1

Last week, Pope Benedict XVI traveled to Cuba, met with Fidel and Raul Castro, and held a papal mass in Havana’s Revolution Square. Some in the Cuban-American community are hopeful that this papal visit, the first since 1998, signals an era of political and economic change.  But Cuban government officials have vowed that all reforms are off the table.  This hour we take a look at the current state of affairs in Cuba and the relationship between the Cuban and United States governments. We’re joined by LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ, an Associated Press reporter who recently returned from the island, ANDY GOMEZ of the University of Miami and WAYNE SMITH of the Center for International Policy.

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