In a press conference, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi noted, "It is the people who are suffering the consequences of the U.S. position," in reference to the economic, commercial and financial blockade dating back more than 50 years.
"The Holy See does not believe that it is a positive or useful measure," he added, in response to a question during an informative session on the visit the Pope is to make to Mexico and Cuba, starting March 23.
"He is very well and his disposition to undertake such an exhausting tour confirms that," he added.
This is the Pope’s second visit to Latin America, after he traveled to Brazil in 2007.
The Cuban Foreign Ministry has opened a website providing information on his visit.
In addition to the official program for Pope Benedict XVI’s tour, the new site: benedictocuba.cubaminrex.cu has information on current events in ecclesiastical life and statistical data on the Catholic Church and other religions in Cuba (SE)