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Pope Francis' Homily Calls for 'Revolution of Tenderness' in Cuba

The Los Angeles Times
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September 22, 2015
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Pope Francis' Homily in Cuba: “Our revolution comes about through tenderness” (Rome Reports)

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on Cubans to rediscover their Roman Catholic heritage and live a “revolution of tenderness,” speaking in a country whose 1959 revolution installed an atheist, communist government that sought to replace the church as the guiding force in people's lives.

Francis addressed a Mass at Cuba's holiest shrine with Cuban President Raul Castro in attendance. Later in the day, he was scheduled to fly to Washington for the first visit to the United States.

The pontiff's homily in the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre was the latest in a series of carefully worded critiques of the Cuban system during his four-day trip.

At his Sunday Mass in Havana, he urged thousands of Cubans to serve one another and not an ideology. He also encouraged them to refrain from “looking to one side or the other to see what our neighbor is doing or not doing,” words that resonated in a nation where the government controls most aspects of life.

Some 10% of Cubans regularly celebrate Mass, and the church has been trying to seize on the softening of the Cuban system to rekindle the country's religious heritage.

“Generation after generation, day after day, we are asked to renew our faith,” the pope said Tuesday. “We are asked to live the revolution of tenderness as Mary, our Mother of Charity, did.”

Read the rest at The Los Angeles Times

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