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Cubans to welcome ‘socialist’ pope; don’t expect miracles

A bricklayer works on a wall next to a photograph of Pope Francis in Havana, September 17, 2015. Pope Francis is due for a three-night visit to Cuba, starting on Saturday. Catholicism is flourishing again in the former Spanish colony. As the church is gradually expanding its role and influence it still faces numerous challenges, notably low attendance, a lack of interest among youth and competition from Afro-Cuban religions that accept widely varying degrees of Catholic dogma. REUTERS/Stringer

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 18, 2015, on page 11.

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