prisonbars.jpgCuba has promised the Roman Catholic Church it will free 52 political prisoners, slashing the number held by nearly a third in what would be the communist-led island’s largest release of dissidents since Pope John Paul II visited in 1998.

“This opens a new era in Cuba with hope of putting aside differences once and for all on matters of prisoners,” the Spanish Embassy declared in a statement.

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