Pope Francis Gets Revolution Square, Havana for a Mass in September

Raul Castro and Pope Francis at the Vatican in May 2015.
Raul Castro and Pope Francis at the Vatican in May 2015.  Photo: rcm.cu

HAVANA TIMES — Pope Francis (Jorge Bergoglio), the pontiff that has Raul Castro considering a return to Catholicism, received the OK to hold a mass in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución during his trip to the island this September, reported dpa news.

The Mass will take place before his meeting with President Raul Castro, notes the official program of the visit of the pope to Cuba released Tuesday by the Vatican.

The pope will be in Cuba from Sept. 19-22 and then move on to the United States. He will become the third pope to visit Cuba.

During his stay, Bergolglio will visit the cities of Havana, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba and the shrine of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, considered the Catholic patron saint of the island, and located near the eastern Cuban city of Santiago.

The pope’s outdoor mass in the Plaza of the Revolution is scheduled to take place on Sunday Sept. 20. His predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI also gave mass at the Plaza during their trips to Cuba in 1998 and 2012.

On the same day as the open air mass, Francisco has scheduled an afternoon meeting with President Raul Castro at the Palace of the Revolution, before meeting with representatives of the Catholic Church in Cuba.

The official program does not include a meeting with former President Fidel Castro, who often receives foreign dignitaries privately in meetings organized on short notice.

Francis will then travel to Holguin, to the northeast of the island, where on Sept. 21 he will officiate a mass in the Plaza of the Revolution in that city, among other activities.

On Tuesday Sept. 22, his final day in Cuba, Bergoglio will hold a final mass at the Shrine of El Cobre before leaving for the United States.

The Vatican served as liaison for secret negotiations that led to the announcement last December that Washington and Havana would resume diplomatic relations broken off unilaterally by the US in 1961.


8 thoughts on “Pope Francis Gets Revolution Square, Havana for a Mass in September

  • July 6, 2015 at 7:07 pm
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    You rule and rock Robinson! Tks pal!

  • July 2, 2015 at 5:59 am
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    Thanks CR. I was getting paranoid and reaching out to Batman! Great site!

  • July 1, 2015 at 10:48 pm
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    Grow some? ….and you say MY comments are infantile?

  • July 1, 2015 at 9:06 pm
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    Moses, I’ve tried posting four comments on this board and to no avail. Please help!

  • July 1, 2015 at 8:22 pm
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    I no longer consider myself a Roman Catholic, and I was a rapid one years and years ago but Pope Francis has moved me closer than I’ve been in over 45 years. He’s a good man and a wonderful conduit for change in Cuba. Pax

  • July 1, 2015 at 11:04 am
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    More propaganda from Patterson the Paranoid. Who are you to suggest the Castros don’t quit?
    Back up your infantile comments with some facts and whilst you are at it, GROW SOME!

  • July 1, 2015 at 8:48 am
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    Raul Castros remarks regarding his considering a return to catholicism went viral around the world EXCEPT in Cuba. Castro-controlled media fully reported on Castro’s visit except for the part where he acknowledges his possible conversion. Apparently, even the Castros are subject to Castro censorship. The pro-Castro blogosphere, unable to avoid the story, retreated to stating that western media misquoted his remarks and blamed it on anti-Cuba propaganda. These guys just don’t quit.

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