Pope Francis will visit Cuba, Vatican confirms
The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will be making a stop in Cuba before his trip to the United States this September.
His trip includes a stop in Philadelphia on September 26-27 for the World Meeting of Families, as well as stops in Washington, D.C. and New York.
This visit isn’t surprising considering Pope Francis has been named as a major force behind the historic announcement to ease restrictions and resume of diplomatic relations between U.S. and Cuba.
"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," Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said.
Specific details or dates of Pope Francis' Cuba visit has yet to be announced.