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Raúl bids farewell to Pope Francis


The Pontiff is currently making his way to the United States, on the second part of his tour, where he will be received by President Barack Obama. There he will speak at a joint session of the U.S. Congress and before the UN General Assembly in New York.
On September 26, he will officiate a mass in Philadelphia and participate in the World Meeting of Families. Before leaving the island, he thanked the Cuban people for their hospitality and warm welcome.

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Pope Francis thanks the Cuban people for their welcome

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During a meeting with families, today September 22 in Santiago, the Pope emphasized the ability of Cuba’s people to welcome a visitor. “We are among family, and when we are with family, we feel at home… Thank you, Cubans, for making me feel among family these days, making me feel at home… this meeting with you is like the dried fruit in the cake.”

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Díaz-Canel holds meeting with the Secretary of State of the Holy See

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The First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, received Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, in the afternoon of Sunday, September 20. During the meeting, compañero Díaz-Canel and the distinguished guest discussed the good relations between Cuba and the Holy See. They also exchanged on other issues of international concern.

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Pope Francis officiates mass in the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre

Papa en Caridad cobre

This morning Pope Francis officiated a mass in the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, which was attended by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers who, as he told the Pontiff, has participated in all three ceremonies officiated by His Holiness in Cuba.

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Pope Francis is now in Santiago de Cuba


The Pontiff has arrived in Santiago de Cuba, the second most populated province on the island which, together with Havana, was also visited by John Paul II in 1998 and Benedict XVI in 2012.

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Pope Francis arrives in Holguín

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On the third day of his pastoral visit, Pope Francis arrived in the city of Holguín, the first Pontiff to visit the province, and where today at 10:20am he will officiate his second mass in Cuba. His Holiness left the capital at 8:00am this morning and at 9:10am the Alitalia aircraft transporting the Pope touched down at the Frank País International Airport, located 15 kilometers from the city centre.

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Cuban President receives Pope Francis at Havana’s Palace of the Revolution

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On the afternoon of Sunday, September 20, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, received Pope Francis, on a courtesy visit to Havana’s Palace of the Revolution. Raúl and the Bishop of Rome are currently holding private talks and will presently exchange gifts. After the ceremony, the Pontiff will make his way to the Cathedral of Havana, where residents from the municipality of Old Havana are currently awaiting him.

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Pope Francis visits Fidel

Fidel y el Papa

Monsignor Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, confirmed in a press conference held this Sunday, September 20, that Pope Francis met with the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, after the mass. According to Lombardi Pope Francis and Fidel held a pleasant meeting which lasted between 30-40 minutes.

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Address by Pope Francis on his arrival in Cuba


Geographically, Cuba is an archipelago, facing all directions, with an extraordinary value as a “key” between north and south, east and west. Its natural vocation is to be a point of encounter for all peoples to join in friendship, as José Martí dreamed, “regardless of the languages of isthmuses and the barriers of oceans” (La Conferencia Monetaria de las Repúblicas de América, in Obras escogidas II, La Habana, 1992, 505)

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Cardinal Ortega salutes Pope Francis on behalf of Cubans


Cardinal Jaime Ortega, Havana´s Archbishop, forwarded a message from the Cuban people to Pope Francis, minutes after His Holiness officiated Mass at the Havana’s Revolution Square. On behalf of the Cuban people, believers or not, Cardinal Ortega thanked the Pope for his visit, and for ¨having sowed, with your pontificate, good and needed concerns in our consciences, so numb and used to mediocrity¨