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Pope Francis to visit Cuba between 19 and 22 September, during a tour that will also take him to the United States, announced today the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba.
The pontiff will visit the cities of Havana, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba, in the west of the country, a trip considered historical, as the Pope acted as mediator in the thawing process of Havana and Washington.
The dates of the visit were released a day after Cuban President Raul Castro, met at the Vatican with Pope, to prepare his trip and thank him personally for his involvement in the process of restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, announced on December 17.
This is the third papal visit to Cuba in 17 years since John Paul II traveled to the island in January 1998 and Benedict XVI in March 2012.



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