Pope Francis Departs for Cuba

Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane at Fiumicino Airport in Rome September 19, 2015. Pope Francis begins a nine-day tour of Cuba and the United States on Saturday.

Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane at Fiumicino Airport in Rome September 19, 2015. Pope Francis begins a nine-day tour of Cuba and the United States on Saturday. | Photo: Reuters

Sept. 19, 2015 | Telesur

Cuba says preparations are complete for Pope Francis’ historic visit.

Pope Francis departed for Cuba Saturday morning in a historic visit to the island nation.

The Pope is expected to touch down in Havana mid afternoon to start a nine day tour of Cuba and the United States.

The pontiff will be only the third to visit the island nation, and is expected to be received by President Raul Castro when he arrives at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.

Cuban state media has reported that preparations for the Pope’s visit are already completed

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