Pope to visit Cuba first before heading to United States in September

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April 22, 2015

People walk on street in Havana

People walk on a street in Havana. Pope Francis will visit Cuba in September, before his trip to the United States. (CNS photo/Enrique de la Osa, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will visit Cuba in September before his trip to the United States.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters April 22 that the pope has “received and accepted the invitation from the civil authorities and bishops of Cuba” and has decided to visit the island before going to the United States.

The pope is tentatively scheduled to arrive in Washington late Sept. 22 and will visit Washington, New York and Philadelphia Sept. 23-27. However, details such as the dates and itinerary for his trip to Cuba would come at a later time, Father Lombardi said.

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