UPDATE: Pope’s welcome speech can be found here. Stay tuned for coverage of papal Mass.
WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI this afternoon lands on an island coursing with nervous energy over his three-day visit to Cuba’s two biggest cities.
Pope Benedict is scheduled to celebrate an outdoor Mass in Santiago de Cuba at 4:30pm on this Solemnity of the Annunciation. The Mass will mark the 400th anniversary of the miraculous icon and patron saint Our Lady of Charity, and the Pope will visit her shrine in El Cobre tomorrow morning for prayer before flying west to Havana, where meetings and a second public Mass are scheduled.
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