Pope Francis will spend 10 days in Cuba. He was already welcomed by Cuban President Raul Castro.
The President gave a speech when he welcomed the Pope. He stated that he supports pope’s criticism of the current global economic system. He also expressed his gratitude for the pope’s help in facilitating negotiations between the United States and Cuba.
Castro also wishes that the US would terminate their trade embargo on Cuba and the return of the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay.
The Pope’s visit to Cuba will be finished on September 22. After his visit to Cuba, the Pope will travel to Washington.
Based on reports, the Pope might even discuss some political issues during his visit to Cuba. The president Castro and the Pope could discuss the dilemma of dissidents behind closed doors. The Pope will also try to reinforce the relationship between the church and the Cuban people.
The Pope is expected to give a speech in front of the Congress in Washington. The expected topics include dangers of capitalism and man-made climate changes.
Not everyone is looking forward to the Pope’s visit and speech. Paul Gosar plans to boycott the Pope’s visit. He stated Pope’s opinion on climate change is absurd.
During his visit to the US, the Pope will proclaim missionary Junipero Serra the first saint on U.S. soil.
He will also give a speech at the United Nations assembly in New York.