What does the Pope's Visit to Cuba Mean for the Country's Future?

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During his trip to Cuba, Pope Benedict the 16th led mass and met with Raul and Fidel Castro. He urged the leaders to open up Cuba to change and called for an end to the U.S. trade embargo. What, if anything, will the Papal visit to Cuba mean for the country’s future?

Carlos Eires is the Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University. He is the author of 2003's "Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy", which won the National Book Award in Nonfiction in the United States and has been translated into more than a dozen languages.