Autorities of the Vatican, the Cuban government and Conference of Cuban CatholicBishops have organized a program for Pope Francis’ forthcoming visit to the country, which will take place, as previously announced, from September 19-22.
The Cuban government and citizens of the capital will welcome the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church on September 9 when he arrives in Havana to begin his apostolic visit. The following day he will hold a mass in the Plaza de la Revolución “José Martí,” visit the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and meet with priests, believers and seminaries in the Cathedral of Havana. He will also greet the youth in the Félix Varela Cultural Center.
On September 21 he will travel to Holguín, where he will offer a mass in the Plaza de la Revolución “Calixto García Iñiguez.” On the same day the Supreme Pontiff will travel to Santiago de Cuba, and on September 22 will hold a mass in the Basilica of the Shrine to the “Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre”, where he will also greet Cuban families.