Pope Francis landed Monday in the eastern city of Holguin, the second stop on a tour of the island nation, one day after meeting with the Castro brothers who have ruled Cuba since 1959.
The city of Holguin, 743 kilometers (462 miles) east of Havana, has been a cradle of the Catholic faith on the island and is known for a cross that has overlooked the town for centuries. It is also the home region of communist leaders Fidel and Raul Castro.
The pope celebrated Mass for tens of thousands gathered in Holguin's Revolution Plaza, urging Cubans to heed Jesus Christ's invitation to overcome resistance to change. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA WEBSITE