CUBAN PRESS REMEMBERS VISITS BY JOHN PAUL II AND BENEDICT XVI

HAVANA, Aug 29 (NNN-Prensa Latina) — The visits made by the top ecclesiastical authorities, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, are remembered Friday by the Cuban press, only 22 days of the trip that their successor, Pope Francis, will carry out here.

Granma newspaper, with the largest distribution on the Caribbean island, recreates in two pages one photo report on the presence of both heads of State of the Vatican City.

One of the snapshots shows the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, with John Paul II after arriving in the Caribbean nation, and another with Benedict XVI.

Another photo captures the time when Cuban President, Raul Castro, officially welcomed Benedict XVI at the Palace of the Revolution.

Other photos take moments in which the people massive and respectfully participated in the masses officiated by both ecclesiastical authorities, in which messages of love, peace and hope were sent.

The daily recalls that the Holy See and Cuba established official diplomatic relations in 1935.

Since that time, the ties between the two States were maintained without interruption.

Ties between Cuba and the Vatican turned 80 years on June 7, the newspaper stated.

This year, Pope Francis will visit Cuba from September 19 to 22, His Holiness, the third in history in traveling to this nation, will begin his apostolic program in Havana, and will be seen off by the people of the eastern Santiago de Cuba province. — NNN-PRENSA LATINA

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