Pope Francis to visit Cuba before U.S. trip

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Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in September, the Vatican said Wednesday (April 22). Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, confirmed the news to reporters in a statement made in Italian, Spanish and English.

“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,” Lombardi said.