"Prior to his visit to the United States, Pope Francis traveled to Cuba from September 19-22, 2015. This was the third papal visit to Cuba, following those by Pope John Paul II in 1998 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. During his time in Cuba, Pope Francis visited three Cuban cities. In both Havana and Holguín, he celebrated masses in the Plaza of the Revolution, and in Santiago, he celebrated mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Cuba's patron saint. Pope Francis's visit appeared to be largely pastoral, aimed at reinvigorating the Church in Cuba, but it also highlighted the increasing role of the Church in Cuban society in recent years."
CRS Insight, IN10369
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html