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Pope on trip to Mexico and Cuba: "I wanted to support the aspirations of all Cubans to a reconciled and free society"

2012-04-04

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 


My recent Apostolic Journey to Mexico and Cuba sought to confirm the people of those countries, and all the peoples of Latin America, in their faith and in the hope which makes it possible to build a just and harmonious social order.  At the liturgies in León, marked by an outpouring of devotion and spiritual joy, I encouraged the Mexican people to let their deep Christian roots inspire their efforts to overcome violence and to work for a better future.

In Cuba, I wished to reaffirm the Church in her public witness to the Gospel and to support the aspirations of all Cubans to a renewed, reconciled and free society.  From Santiago de Cuba, I went as a pilgrim to the shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre and then to Havana, where I prayed for a rebirth of faith, openness to God’s love and respect for the truth about our human dignity and freedom revealed in Christ.  

In these days, as we prepare to celebrate the saving events of Christ’s Passover from death to life in the sacred Triduum, may we open our hearts to God’s reconciling love revealed on the Cross.  Let us allow that love to transform our lives, and enable us to celebrate with joy the mystery of the resurrection. 



I offer a cordial welcome to all the English-speaking visitors present at today’s Audience, including the student groups from England, Ireland and the United States of America.  I also greet the participants in the International Gathering of University Students.  May your pilgrimage to Rome bear spiritual fruit in a deeper love of Christ and his Church.  Upon you and your families I invoke the Lord’s blessings of wisdom, joy and peace.  A happy and blessed Easter to all of you!