Pope Francis visits holy shrine on last full day in Cuba

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Published on 22 Sep 2015, 10:16
Pope Francis ended his last full day in Cuba at the country's holiest shrine, the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, outside the island's second-largest city Santiago.

The sanctuary houses a wooden statue of the Madonna and Child, which holds deep importance for many Cubans.

Revolutionary former President Fidel Castro was in Santiago in 1959 when he announced his forces had ousted the US-backed government of Fulgencio Batista.

But the agenda on Monday (September 21) was strictly religious.

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