Pope Francis began the first full day of his landmark visit to Cuba on Sunday with an outdoor Mass at Revolution Plaza, attended by President Raúl Castro and other leaders.
Catholics by the tens of thousands — some of whom had been waiting since the early morning — packed Havana’s Revolution Square and watched Francis arrive in his familiar open-air popemobile to see the service.
“Whatever wishes to be great must serve others, not be served by others,” Francis said during his homily.
He arrived in Havana on Saturday and encouraged Cuba and the United States to deepen relations. “I urge political leaders to persevere on this path and to develop all its potentialities … as an example of reconciliation for the entire world,” he said.
Next, he’ll travel to Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and El Cobre in Cuba, and then onward to a multi-city tour of the U.S., where he’ll meet with President Barack Obama and plans to address both Congress and the United Nations.