Pope Francis to stop in Cuba en route to U.S., Vatican announces

(LA Times) Pope Francis on Wednesday confirmed he will travel to Cuba before his trip to the United States in September.

His spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, announced at the Vatican that Francis had accepted the invitations of Cuban government officials and the island’s Roman Catholic bishops to visit.

Francis’ decision comes at a time of a historic renewal of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba after more than half a century, a breakthrough for which the pope has received much credit. Adding Cuba to the itinerary seals that accomplishment, in which he served as a bridge between the two erstwhile enemies. [more]


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