Pope Francis arrived in Havana, Cuba, Sept. 19. Both he and President Raul Castro offered remarks at the airport welcome ceremony, with Pope Francis urging the continual improvement of U.S.-Cuba relations. Here are some first takes on his speech, the complete prepared text of the address, Tweets from journalists on the ground, photos, and video of the welcome ceremony.
From Catholic News Service: Pope arrives in Cuba calling for freedom, better U.S.-Cuba relations
From National Catholic Reporter: In Cuba, Francis urges continued thaw in relations with US
From the Vatican News Agency: Pope Francis arrives in Cuba, encourages reconciliation
From Catholic News Agency: Restoration of ties with US a sign of hope, Pope says in Cuba
On the ground
— Cindy Wooden (@Cindy_Wooden) September 19, 2015
— Catholic News Svc (@CatholicNewsSvc) September 19, 2015
— Joshua McElwee (@joshjmac) September 19, 2015
Cubans line the 25km route from airport to Havana to cheer Pope Francis and get his blessing pic.twitter.com/cwvvwNCveB
— Gerard O'Connell (@gerryorome) September 19, 2015
Courtesy Vatican Television Center.