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Pope Francis heading for Havana in first leg of reconciliation tour

Pope Francis heading for Havana in first leg of reconciliation tour

Having helped engineer the historic rapprochement between the United States and Cuba, Pope Francis lands in Havana on Saturday afternoon, the first leg of a nine-day trip that includes stops in Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

The visits to both countries underscore the lessening of tensions with the formal reestablishment of diplomatic relations in July. While in Cuba, the pope may reiterate the Catholic Church’s longstanding position that the U.S. lift its trade embargo because of the suffering it causes among poor Cubans.

The pope played a pivotal role in negotiations that led to last December’s announcement of a resumption in relations. Francis hosted...

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