Pope prepares to take US bow after Cuba stopover

Pope Francis will become the third pope to have touched down in communist Cuba in less than two decadesPope Francis heads for Cuba on Saturday on the first-leg of a trip that will also take him to the United States for his most high-profile overseas visit to date. Landmark speeches to the US Congress and the UN General Assembly await next week on the 78-year-old Argentine’s first trip to a global superpower whose policies he has never hesitated to criticise. This visit will have added significance as it comes in the aftermath of a historic Cuba-US rapprochement which has allowed diplomatic relations to be restored thanks to secret contacts that Francis, the first pope from Latin America, helped to facilitate.

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