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Pope praises Church 'sacrifices' in Cuba

Pope Francis prays at the basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre - patron saint of Cuba- in El Cobre, Santiago de Cuba on September 21, 2015Pope Francis praised the sacrifices of the Catholic Church in communist Cuba, with the island in the midst of a delicate process of resuming relations with the United States. Francis, the first Latin American pope, made the comments to tens of thousands of fans and faithful in the sweltering eastern city of Holguin before arriving in the afternoon to rain in second city Santiago. Thousands of people greeted his motorcade in Santiago, underlining how his key role in brokering the thaw between Cuba and the US — the next destination on his most high-profile trip to date — has made him immensely popular on the island.

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