Nine things you missed from Pope Francis’ time in Havana

Havana, Cuba, Sep 21, 2015 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an intense Sunday, Pope Francis on Sept. 20 said a Mass attended by 200,000 people in Havana's Revolution Square, visited Fidel Castro, improvised two speeches, and was welcomed with affection by the Cuban people. Here are some details you might have missed while he was in “the Rome of the Caribbean.” First Communion Five children from parishes in Havana received First Communion from Pope Francis at the Mass in … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis unplugged: The Holy Father speaks from the heart to young Cubans

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 07:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to respond to the dreams and hopes of young people who spoke to him in Cuba on Sunday evening. “I took notes,” he told a Sept. 20 youth meeting at the Father Felix Varela Cultural Center near Havana’s Cathedral. “The word that hit me hard: dream,” Pope Francis said. “A Latin American writer used to say: ‘People have two eyes, one made of flesh and … [Read more...]

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Let poverty be your mother, Pope Francis tells religious in Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 06:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday spoke from the heart about the importance of spiritual poverty, the danger of worldly wealth, and the universal need for mercy. He made his impromptu remarks to Cuban priests, consecrated religious and seminarians at Havana’s cathedral. “The spirit of the world does not love the way of the Son of God, who emptied himself and became poor. He became nothing - he humiliated himself in order to be one of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ gift to Castro: a challenging message from Cuban leader’s old teacher

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 04:56 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro on Sunday and gave him a special gift: a book and two CDs with the homilies and songs of Father Amando Llorente, a Jesuit priest who was Castro’s school teacher. Before Father Llorente’s death, he publically asked for Castro’s conversion and repentance. Father Llorente was Castro’s teacher and mentor at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, where Castro studied until he was 16 years old. In … [Read more...]

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Pope in Cuba: Christians serve people, not ideology

Havana, Cuba, Sep 20, 2015 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first Mass during apostolic trip to Cuba, Pope Francis centered his homily on the Christian call to service, which he said is never ideological, but involves putting our own interests aside for the sake of others. “Being a Christian entails promoting the dignity of our brothers and sisters, fighting for it, living for it,” the Pope said Sept. 20, addressing the tens of thousands of people gathered for Mass in … [Read more...]

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Restoration of ties with US a sign of hope, Pope says in Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Sep 19, 2015 / 02:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis landed in Havana on Saturday, the first of his 9-day visit to Cuba and the United States, telling officials that the recent normalization of relations between the two countries is a sign of hope and victory. “For some months now, we have witnessed an event which fills us with hope: the process of normalizing relations between two peoples following years of estrangement,” the Pope said Sept.  19, after … [Read more...]

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Cubans hope papal visit will rekindle faith

Havana, Cuba, Sep 18, 2015 / 03:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in Cuba has undertaken a movement of spiritual and missionary preparation for Pope Francis' arrival tomorrow, which has led to hope for a rekindling of faith, according to one prominent priest. Pope Francis will be in Cuba Sept. 19-22, visiting the cities of Havana, Holguin, and Santiago de Cuba, saying Mass in each of them. In addition, he will meet with officials of the government and the Communist party, as well asl … [Read more...]

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