Why the iconic Virgin of Charity means so much to Cubans and Pope Francis

September 22, 2015 11:26 AM

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Why the iconic Virgin of Charity means so much to Cubans and Pope Francis

EL COBRE, Cuba — Cubans ascribe to her countless miracles, but perhaps the most extraordinary is how this little lost-and-found statue enshrined on a picturesque hill beside an abandoned copper mine has shown a way to unite believers and nonbelievers, Cubans on the island and Cubans in exile, Christians and followers of Santeria, capitalists and socialists, popes and paupers.

The Virgin of Charity of El Cobre is a perfect symbol of the theme of reconciliation that is woven through Pope Francis’s nine-day trip to Cuba and the United States, and for that he will celebrate a Mass on Tuesday in the nearly century-old Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, which is set ...

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