Pope prepares to take US bow after Cuba stopover

September 19, 2015 5:25 PM

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Pope Francis headed to Cuba Saturday on the first leg of his most high-profile trip to date, which will also take him to the United States — highlighting his role in mediating the former Cold War foes’ historic thaw.

Landmark speeches to the US Congress and the UN General Assembly await next week on the 78-year-old Argentine’s first trip to a global superpower whose policies he has never hesitated to criticise.

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