Cuban-amer­i­cans head to Cuba for pope’s visit

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MI­AMI | More than 300 Cuban-amer­i­cans will form a del­e­ga­tion to Cuba for Pope Bene­dict XVI’S his­toric visit.

It will be led by Mi­ami’s Ro­man Catholic Arch­bishop Thomas Wen­ski. Some of those mak­ing the pil­grim­age Mon­day fled the is­land half a cen­tury ago. Some grew up with only the sto­ries their ex­ile par­ents told them of the is­land 90 miles across the Florida Straits.

Travel to Cuba is al­ways con­tro­ver­sial among CubanAmer­i­cans, and the half-cen­tury-old U.S. em­bargo of the is­land se­verely lim­its travel there. In the 1970s, those who vis­ited were of­ten black­listed in South Florida, and a few faced vi­o­lence upon re­turn. These days, newer Cuban im­mi­grants of­ten visit rel­a­tives on the is­land. But the is­sue is still a req­ui­site topic for politi­cians cam­paign­ing in Florida.

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