Pope Francis visits Cuba ahead of US trip

Pope Francis has officially begun his highly anticipated journey to the Americas. The pope arrived Cuba to share his message of hope and peace. The

Pope Francis waves to faithful upon his arrival on St Peter's square at the Vatican to lead his weekly general audience on Semptember 16, 2014.    AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis waves to faithful upon his arrival on St Peter's square at the Vatican to lead his weekly general audience on Semptember 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTOVINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images (9/19/15)

NEW YORK - Pope Francis has officially begun his highly anticipated journey to the Americas.

The pope arrived in Cuba Saturday to share his message of hope and peace. The historic trip is seen as a celebration of a new era of diplomacy between the U.S. and Cuba, and the role that the pope played in thawing the formerly frosty relationship.

Thousands are expected to turn out for an open-air Mass Sunday in Havana's Plaza de la Revolucion. Raul Castro, president of the island nation, is expected to attend in another another sign of change after the Cuban regime had all but banned religion for more than three decades.

After wrapping his Cuba visit, the pope will head to Washington D.C. next week, where he will meet President Barack Obama before traveling to New York on Thursday. While in the city, Pope Francis will lead Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, stop by Central Park, address the United Nations, and lead a service at Madison Square Garden.

After his New York City trip, the pontiff will visit Philadelphia before returning to Rome.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Authorities say Sophia Hernandez was abducted from a 1 Amber Alert issued by Bridgeport police for 6-year-old girl
Joseph Rivera, Hernandez' cousin, describes Hernandez as quiet 2 Family of suspect in abduction, homicide relieved by daughter's safe return
The Amber Alert issued by Bridgeport police for 3 Missing Bridgeport girl found safe, suspect captured
Weather Kids: Stanwich School 4 Weather Kids: Stanwich School
Crews worked Thursday to recover the wreckage of 5 Crews recover East Haven plane wreckage; victims identified

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE