Believers and nonbelievers gave a warm welcome to Pope Francis in Santiago de Cuba
A popular and warm reception was given on Monday by the hospitable city of El Cobre to Pope Francis, where he arrived from Holguin to continue his apostolic visit to Cuba.
Upon his arrival at the Antonio Maceo International Airport he was greeted by a chorus of 30 children from Santiago, who sang for him and gave him flowers.
People of all ages filled the stretch of the Central Highway that leads to the town of El Cobre between steep mountains and into the road where the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Caridad, Cuba's patron saint, is located.
During the welcome, the head of the Catholic Church greeted the crowd assembled all the way to the entrance to the Basilica of La Caridad, where the Eucharist is scheduled for Tuesday, expected to be attended by about three thousand people.
In an atmosphere of joy and respect, with the feeling of living a unique experience, residents in the area carried small flags -Cuban flags and white and yellow flags of the Vatican as well as flowers, a demonstration of rejoicing for the momentous event.
The farewell ceremony took place at noon at the Antonio Maceo International Airport, from where Pope Francis left for the United States.