The Happy Face of the Pope in Cuba
Anyone who has seen the images these days were broadcast from
Cuba during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, in Santiago de Cuba
and in Havana, can not deny the love, warmth and respect that
the people professed to His Holiness and the calm and good
spirits that his face showed.
Both in the Holy Mass in
the eastern city of Santiago, as in the capital,
the Pope found a crowd that cheered and welcomed him with
love and joy.
In the Antonio Maceo Revolution Square everything shone,
from the service
offered by all bishops and cardinals who secured the work of
during the Mass, to the majestic altar of white, red and
symbolic for the Catholic Church.
All the time the Pilgrim of Charity exuded peace and joy. He
confirmed it when he began his homily of March 26th: “I
thank God that
allowed me to come to you and make this so desired trip.”
Federico Lombardi, spokesman for the Holy See, ratified in
to reporters on Monday night: the Pope is in good mood and
is surprised by
the joy and the large number of people who welcomed him upon
and along his journey from the Antonio Maceo Airport to the
of Santiago de Cuba.
The same environment was experienced on Wednesday, last day
of his second
tour of Latin America and the Caribbean and first to Cuba,
at the Jose
Marti Revolution Square, in Havana.
Among canticles, Cuban and the Holy See flags, banners
presence of the faithful from all over the island, the Holy
celebrated a two-hour long Mass.
At the end of the service, the Cuban President Raul Castro
went to greet
him, as he had done in Santiago de Cuba, also invited by the
And Benedict XVI decided to reach the group of Cuban
accompanied and supported him throughout the Mass officiated
square, before boarding the popemobile.
He even agreed to have a picture taken with those who very
good-by to him. Once again, he showed a smiling face.
Why can’t we then imagine that he was happy to have been
able to share
with all Cubans this visit of high spiritual value and