Prayer at the Sanctuary of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre
Pope Francis on Monday, 21 September 2015, traveled from the Cuban capital, Havana, to visit Holguin and Santiago de Cuba on the eastern tip of the Caribbean island nation. Both cities are closely linked to the famous statue of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, formally declared patroness of the Cuban people by Pope Benedict XV a century ago. The small wooden statue of Our Lady, wearing a gold mantle and holding the Infant Jesus in her left arm, is now housed in the shrine dedicated to her in the nearby city of Santiago de Cuba where the Pope concluded his journey to the island nation. Here is the prayer the Holy Father prayed at the shrine.
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