Pope to visit Cuba en route to U.S. this fall

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News of Pope Francis’s Cuba visit was greeted with joy in the streets of Havana. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL, MARIA CALVO, SAYING: “We are very happy that he is coming, he will be the second pope in

Pope to visit Cuba en route to U.S. this fall

News of Pope Francis’s Cuba visit was greeted with joy in the streets of Havana.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL, MARIA CALVO, SAYING:

“We are very happy that he is coming, he will be the second pope in a relatively short amount of time to have visited Cuba, and this is very important in terms of the image of Cuba held by the rest of the world.”

The news comes just months after the pope helped broker a d├ętente between Washington and Havana, following decades of hostility —

And the Cuban people are grateful, says Monsignor Jose Felix Perez of the Cuban Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SECRETARY OF THE CUBAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE , MONSIGNOR JOSE FELIX PEREZ, SAYING:

“Not all the details are known, but there is no doubt that the pope’s intervention facilitated the improvement in relations and resulted in the beginning of this new era in which both sides have shown good intentions. Now we will see what actions come from these intentions.”

…and after his Cuba visit, the pope will arrive in Washington on September 22.

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