Pope Francis called Cubans to a "revolution of tenderness" as he celebrated Mass Sept. 22 in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.
Francis in Cuba
Pope Francis met with revolutionary Communist Fidel Castro Sept. 20, where they chatted “informally” about “protecting the environment and the great problems of the contemporary world."
Francis called on people to turn their eyes toward Jesus, finding him even "in our brothers and sisters, especially those who feel excluded or abandoned."
In one of the most impassioned calls his pontificate for a poor church, Francis begged Cuba's religious community, "Love poverty like you love your mother."
Havana, Cuba -- Pope Francis pointedly told Cubans in a homily Sunday that "service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas, we serve people."
Havana, Cuba -- Pope Francis landed here Saturday and immediately called on political leaders in US and Cuba to continue efforts to end decades of isolation and antagonism.
Parishioners at one Jesuit-run parish in a more rough-and-tumble neighborhood here are hoping that Pope Francis might make an unscheduled stop-in Sunday on his way to visit with Cuban President Raul Castro.
Staff at Havana's parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Ignatius of Loyola were mopping the floors of the expansive church in extraordinarily hot and humid weather Friday, just in case the pope does stop by.
Havana, Cuba -- "Some people are expecting the pope to really challenge and confront the government. He's not going to do that. He's coming here ... as a missionary of mercy."
Pope Francis' visit to Cuba and the U.S. comes as people and politicians in both countries increasingly support ending an economic embargo that has lasted for more than five decades.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said Francis' 10th foreign trip, with stops in Cuba, three U.S. cities and the United Nations, will be a "very complex."