Pope Francis rides through Santiago de Cuba September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Alejandro Ernesto/Pool
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Francis spoke at Mass at Cuba's holiest shrine, with President Raul Castro attending, before he flew to Washington to begin a five-day tour of the United States.The pontiff's homily in the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre was the latest in a series of carefully worded critiques of the Cuban system during his four-day trip.At his Sunday Mass in Havana, he urged thousands of Cubans to serve one another and not an ideology. Some 10 percent of Cubans regularly celebrate Mass, and the church has been trying to seize on the softening of the Cuban system under Raul Castro to rekindle the country's religious heritage.
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