Monday’s eight-hour stop in Holguín was brief but highly significant. Here Pope Francis met another part of the Cuban Church, alive and committed to the path of evangelization in the new five-year pastoral plan entitled On the Road to Emmaus. This project was initiated by the country’s episcopal conference in September 2014. The Pontiff recognized the effort and sacrifice being made – a in this community and the in entire Church of Cuba – to bring Christ to all, even in the most remote places.
In the planning stages of his journey to Cuba, the Pontiff asked that he be able to visit a diocese that had not been included on previous papal itineraries. The island’s bishops selected Holguín, the country’s third most populated province, located in the south, not far from Santiago, Francis’ third and last stop in the country. The two centres are united by their devotion to the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, whose image was found in 1612 by three indigenous people in a vessel on coastal waters.
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