Pope Francis is to visit Cuba before his arrival in the United States in September, the Vatican has announced.
In a short statement issued this morning, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said:
“I am able to confirm that the Holy Father Francis, having received and accepted the invitation from the civil authorities and bishops of Cuba, has decided to pay a visit to the island before his arrival in the United States for the trip announced some time ago.”
The Vatican has yet to give a precise date for the trip, the first papal visit to Cuba since Benedict XVI visited there in March 2012. Pope St. John Paul II visited the communist island nation in 1998.
The visit comes on the...READ MORE