Pope urges new kind of ‘revolution’ in Cuba: reconciliation

September 22, 2015 1:01 PM

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The pope, who sets off later Tuesday for his first-ever visit to the United States, delivered the last mass of the Cuban leg of his trip at a basilica to Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, the island’s patron saint — a mixed-race Mary that symbolizes its intertwined Spanish and African roots.

He praised Mary as the embodiment of a “revolution of tenderness,” and urged Cubans to follow her example “to build bridges, to break down walls, to sow seeds of reconciliation,” in comments that appeared to allude to the nascent reconciliation he has helped broker between Cuba and the US.

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