Pope Francis Celebrates his Final Mass in Cuba before traveling to the United States

Pope Francis with Cuban President Raul Castro. Observing is VP Miguel Diaz Canel.
Pope Francis with Cuban President Raul Castro. Observing is VP Miguel Diaz Canel.  Photo: sierramaestra.cu

HAVANA TIMES — With Cuban president Raul Castro and VP Miguel Diaz Canel in the audience, Pope Francis celebrated today in Santiago de Cuba his last religious act on the island before traveling to the United States.

Francis arrived this morning to the shrine of Our Lady of Charity on the outskirts of Santiago, one of the sacred places of the Cuban Catholicism, reported dpa news.

After the last public Mass in the chapel of El Cobre, the pope was scheduled to meet with some Cuban families.

Francis will then deliver his farewell speech at the airport in Santiago after spending four days in Cuba, the third visit of a Catholic pope to the island. President Raul Castro will bid farewell to Jorge Bergoglio at the airport.

The Pope begins today a symbolic six-day visit to the United States after being in Cuba. Francis is seen as a key supporter of the historical rapprochement between the two former ideological enemies.

20 thoughts on “Pope Francis Celebrates his Final Mass in Cuba before traveling to the United States

  • How could I demean someone who obviously and sadly, has an inferiority complex?
    I accept your comment about being biased, I detest communism and the “socialismo” of the Castro family regime. I detest dictatorship of left or right and I detest the exploitation of power and control which totalitarian family regimes demonstrate in countries like North Korea, Syria and Cuba. Yes, I have a bias against them, because I have respect for the freedom of the individual – and PLEASE note Rich Haney, for those who disagree with me, unless they are unable to take part in debate without abusing others. You are the person who described me as a “thug” and a “bully”. How could I respect you?
    North Korea is not unfortunately a “tactic”, you raised it in your contribution. North Korea is recognized in the civilized world as being ruled by the most despicable family regime on the planet.
    I am not as you claim, trying to demean you, that is unnecessary, your own words do that!

  • Trying to demean me by using your “North Korea” tactic may seem didactic to you, Carlyle, but in my humble opinion you are far too biased to make any suggestions to anyone.

  • Throughout all the my contributions to the Havana Times, I have not commented upon the Cubana Flight 455. So Rich don’t try to exercise your atrophying mind by trying to put words in my mouth. It was you who introduced Senator Joseph MacCarthy, not I.
    Obviously you suffer from frustration in my refusal to mildly accept being described as a “thug”.
    You are the US citizen, not me. It is factual to state that Senator McCarthy was elected by US citizens. I am far from wishing to be a US citizen not do I envy people being so. But I respect Americans and have enjoyed great hospitality in their country.
    As for being called a “bully” in addition to being a “thug”, that is merely a reflection of your own obvious inadequacy. I repeat, if you cannot take part in discussions where people express various opinions which don’t necessarily agree with your own, without resorting to childish abuse, don’t take part. It obviously is not good for your blood pressure!
    While fuming away, you can always think about the pleasure you could derive by living in North Korea. I don’t think that South Korea would want you.
    As one who has a reasonably successful sporting background , had the pleasure of meeting Tefilo Stevenson and has a friend who ran the 400 metres for Cuba, I have every sympathy for athletes who in pursuit of their dreams have travelled to other countries and been attacked and killed by detestable people – and that applies whether they be Cubans in airlines or Israelies at Olympics.

  • You, Carlyle, are a bully. You have no right to advise other people to cease doing anything just because they might not agree with your right-wing extremism. “Senator Joseph McCarthy was elected by US citizens.” Wow! US citizens, a few times in history, have made mistakes and real Americans should learn from those mistakes. For example, I believe both the bombing of Cubana Flight 455 and its aftermath relating to the terrorists were mistakes. Pumping your chest and your self-proclaimed Americanism is laughable. Disagreeing with me regarding Cubana Flight 455 is unconscionable.

  • So your answer Rich is that as you don’t like the question, throw abuse at the questioner. Why would asking whether you would rather live in North or South Korea be a scare tactic? Which frightens you?
    As for facts, North Korea is a belligerent totalitarian communist dictatorship with the third generation of the Kim family holding power (Kim Jung Un). He like Fidel Castro wished to, threatens nuclear warfare.
    South Korea has thrived under the capitalist system and is a democratic multi-party state with several companies which have been successful in marketing products world wide. Obviously the two countries are very different – so as you mentioned both and as you correctly pointed out, there is still legally a state of war between them, which of them would you prefer to live in?
    Senator Joseph McCarthy was elected by US citizens, reflecting extremism in your country not mine.
    If you find people disagreeing with you to be unacceptable, don’t take part in discussions where there are varying opinions. Go back to school and study tolerance!
    Regarding people fleeing from their native countries, just think about which regimes they are fleeing from and from which countries they seek refuge. Pray tell me why they are not seeking refuge in Russia, China, Vietnam, North Korea and indeed Cuba. The latter was the only country which charged for medical services to combat Ebola in Africa. Cuba according to the 2012 census has less than 5,500 people who were not born there, so a few thousand immigrants fleeing from Asad’s Syria ought to be acceptable.

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