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In a letter to Cuban youth, the pontiff said: "Economic embargoes ...are always deplorable because they hurt the most needy." --Pope Condemns US Embargo Against Cuba, Reuters 1/23


Pope John Paul II - Visit to Cuba
January 21 to 25, 1998


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  • Yahoo! Full Coverage - Pope's Cuba Trip
  • Tuesday, January 27, 1998 and Photo Gallery - at Granma Internacional
  • The New York Times: Pope John Paul II's Visit to Cuba
  • The Papal visit to Cuba @CNN

  • Photo Gallery @cnews
  • Miami's Cubans protest about Pope's visit @BBC
  • Pope attacks American embargo @BBC

    Message from the Pope to the Cuban people - December 20, 1997
    Travels @vatican.va (Transcripts of Homilies, speeches and messages by Pope John Paul II while in Cuba)

    Itinerary for visit by Pope John Paul II

    As had been previously announced, Pope John Paul II will be making a pastoral visit to Cuba from January 21 to 25, 1998. The following is a summary of the itinerary agreed upon by the Joint Church and State Commission, which is responsible for the preparations for the visit. It includes the various religious and official activities to be undertaken by the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church and head of state of Vatican City, with which our country has maintained uninterrupted diplomatic relations since 1935.

    Wednesday, January 21


    Cuban President Fidel Castro and Pope John Paul II during a welcoming ceremony in Havana, Cuba Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998.

    4:00 p.m. Official welcoming ceremony at the José Martí International Airport in Havana. Arrival address, Havana (Airport) @vatican.va
    The official translation of Cuban President Fidel Castro's statement of welcome to Pope John Paul II, January 21, 1998

    Thursday, January 22

    10:15 a.m. Holy Mass on the playing fields at the Manuel Fajardo Higher Institute of Physical Education, in Santa Clara. HOMILY AT SANTA CLARA
    6:00 p.m. Courtesy visit to the President of the Councils of State and of Ministers in the Palace of the Revolution. Meeting between Fidel and Pope John Paul II

    Friday, January 23

    10:35 a.m. Holy Mass in Ignacio Agramonte Square, Camagüey.
    6:30 p.m. Visit to the monument housing the remains of Father Félix Varela in the Aula Magna of the University of Havana, and encounter with the "world of culture".

    Saturday, January 24

    11:10 a.m. Holy Mass and coronation of Our Lady of La Caridad del Cobre in Antonio Maceo Square, Santiago de Cuba. Santiago de Cuba @cnn
    7:00 p.m. Encounter with the "world of sorrow" at the Sanctuary of San Lázaro in El Rincón, province of Havana.

    Sunday, January 25

    8:00 a.m. "Ecumenical Encounter" and encounter with the Jewish community at the Papal Nunciature.
    9:30 a.m. Holy Mass and Angelus in José Martí Revolution Square, Havana. Homily in the José Martí Square of Havana
    12:45 p.m. Meeting with the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba at the Archbishopric.
    5:00 p.m. Liturgical celebration with priests, deacons, brothers, nuns, seminary students and members of the lay community at the Havana Cathedral.
    6:45 p.m. Official farewell ceremony at the José Martí International Airport. Farewell Address in Havana, Farewell Address by Fidel Castro
    7:30 p.m. Return to Rome

    Source for Itinerary: Granma Internacional