EL COBRE, Cuba — Pope Francis spent his final hours in Cuba on Tuesday morning in the country’s heartland of religion and revolution. He visited the shrine of Cuba’s patron in El Cobre, and spoke to families at the cathedral in the nearby city of Santiago de Cuba.
The pope celebrated Mass at a church near the mountains of the Sierra Maestra that houses the 19th century shrine of the Virgin of Charity. The shrine holds the country’s most venerated Roman Catholic icon: a small wooden statue of the Virgin Mary that was found in the nets of local fishermen more t...
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