Pope Concludes Cuba Trip; Calls for 'Revolution of Tenderness'
Pope Francis was met by cheering crowds in Santiago de Cuba before leaving for the U.S.
Pope Francis waves in Santiago de Cuba, September 22, 2015. Pope Francis was wrapping up his Cuba visit on Tuesday before heading to the United States, figuratively connecting the longtime Cold War foes who are undergoing a detente with the help of his mediation. The popular Argentine pope celebrated Mass at the sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, Cuba's holiest shrine in the shadow of the Sierra Maestra mountains where Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro led their 1959 revolution. In keeping with his avoidance of overtly political messages in Cuba, Francis, 78, used his third and last Mass on the island to call for a "revolution of tenderness" and renewal of faith. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido EDGARD GARRIDO / Reuters