Havana, Cuba, Oct 1.- Pope Francis praised the bridge being rebuilt between Cuba and the United States, while making a summary of his recent trip to these two nations, Prensa Latina news agency reported.
In the presence of thousands of people gathered at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, the Supreme Pontiff referred to the significance of traveling directly from the Caribbean island to U.S. territory, the first time a Bishop of Rome made this journey.
“From Cuba to the United States of America: it has been an emblematic passage, a bridge that thank God is being rebuilt. God always wants to build bridges, and we are the ones who build walls! And walls always fall,” he considered.
The first Latin American Pope pointed out that he arrived in Havana as a Missionary of Mercy,” and with this view of mercy I have been able to embrace the entire Cuban people -at home and outside.”
After describing Cuba as a land rich in natural beauty, culture and faith, he greeted the people and particularly young people who face the future with a sense of responsibility and of service to others.
Francis was on the island on September 19-22 and visited the cities of Havana, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba, to then travel to the United States and tour Washington, New York and Philadelphia.
“I express again my appreciation to President (Raul) Castro, President (Barack) Obama and the Secretary General (UN) Ban Ki-moon for the welcome,” he commented.
During my stay in U.S. territory, he said, “I recalled that the greatest wealth of that country and its people is in their spiritual and ethical heritage.”
That’s the reason why he encouraged them to carry out social construction in fidelity to its fundamental principle -that all men are equal, with inalienable rights, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, he explained.
About his visit to the United Nations, he said that he called on that organization to continue playing its role in the promotion of development and peace.
“I have also reaffirmed the call to stop and prevent violence against ethnic and religious minorities and against civilian populations,” he pointed out.(acn)
Radio Cadena Agramonte, October 1, 2015