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Church Confirms Pope to Visit Cuba in Spring

Pope Benedict XVI, right, attends a Service of Prayer at St Mary's University College Chapel at Twickenham, London Friday Sept. 17, 2010. Thousands of cheering Catholic schoolchildren feted Pope Benedict XVI on his second day in Britain on Friday, offering a boisterous welcome even as the pontiff urged their teachers to make sure to provide a trusting, safe environment.

Pope Benedict XVI, right, attends a Service of Prayer at St Mary's University College Chapel at Twickenham, London Friday Sept. 17, 2010. Thousands of cheering Catholic schoolchildren feted Pope Benedict XVI on his second day in Britain on Friday, offering a boisterous welcome even as the pontiff urged their teachers to make sure to provide a trusting, safe environment.  (AP)

HAVANA-- A senior Roman Catholic Church official in Cuba confirms that Pope Benedict XVI will visit the island in the spring.

Monsignor Jose Felix Perez says Benedict will announce the date on Monday.

Perez says the visit will give "strength and vigor to the faith in Cuba."

In 1998, Cuba received a historic visit from Pope John Paul II.