Pope Benedict to Travel to Cuba, Mexico Next Year

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict says he plans to travel to Cuba and Mexico early next year.

The pope said he intends to visit the countries before the Easter holiday, which is April 8. He said he will make the trip to proclaim the word of Christ and “strengthen the conviction that this is a precious time to evangelize with a steady faith, a lively hope and an ardent charity.”

He made the announcement Monday during a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica honoring Mexico's patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Pope John Paul II made a historic trip to Cuba in 1998.