That the Castro dictatorship would move to block faithful Catholics from attending a papal Mass because of their political opposition to the regime is not ironic to those familar with its true nature. It's what the communists in Cuba have done against the church for more than 53 years -- although I guess it is an improvement over the firing squads many faithul Catholics faced in the early days of communist rule.
Pedazos de la Isla has a roundup of some examples of how the regime is using anti-Catholic repression to prepare for the pope's visit:
Caridad Caballero Batista, an independent journalist and Lady in White, reported from Holguin on Friday, March 23rd, that she and her family had been taken off the list of Cubans who would be allowed to travel to the Mass to be celebrated by Pope Bendict XVI on Monday, March 28 at 5:30 pm. The activist went to the pastor of her local church and asked him about this. The Father told Caballero that he approached a Communist official from the Department of Religious Affairs who told him they had nothing to do with that, but State Security made the case to to omit her. Caballero, her son Eric and her husband Esteban, however, have said they will try to go to the Mass in Santiago de Cuba anyway. The activist denounced the fact that all of the homes of all dissidents in Holguin remain under strict surveillance of the Cuban political police.
Marta Rondon Diaz, coordinator of the Eastern Democratic Alliance and a Lady in White, reported that on the night of Thursday March 22nd she was able to reach the home of her elderly mother in the neighborhood of Buenaventura in the province of Holguin, but amid much vigilance and threats. Once inside the house, Rondon said that a number of officials from the political police and State Security had surrounded the house and threatened that she could not travel to the Pope’s Mass in Santiago de Cuba either. The opponent affirmed that “the Cuban regime can not stop me from going to church because I am a practicing Catholic, it is my faith and my house is not a dungeon. I will leave the house.”Read more of the roundup here.