Mar 18, 2012 12:30 AM by Jacqui Heinrich

Cuba offers paid time off for workers to see Pope

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba's communist government is making it easier for citizens to see Pope Benedict XVI during his visit this month.

The government Labor Ministry says state workers in Havana and Santiago will get paid time off to attend papal events during the pope's March 26-28 trip to the Caribbean island. The pope will come to Cuba after visiting Mexico.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party newspaper Granma says Saturday that the capital's main airport terminal will be reserved for the papal trip. All other flights will be shifted to other terminals.


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