By Carlos A. Quiroga

Pope Francis started the weekend a historic visit to Cuba and the United States, countries in which exerted a decisive influence to break more than half a century of political, economic and diplomatic estrangement.

After the Cold War, Cuba and the United States have reopened their embassies within two months ago and the mere presence of the Pope is a declaration in favor of dialogue and diplomacy as instruments of international peace.

The Latin American pope presides in the Cuban cities of Havana, Holguin and Santiago Masses and religious meetings, and talks with President Raul Castro, brother of the legendary leader of the communist revolution of the island, Fidel Castro.

In Washington, New York and Philadelphia, US cities to visit in the second stage of their journey, Francisco will meet not only with the leaders of the world power but also with representatives from around the world gathered in a special session of the United Nations.

Francis has announced that it will deliver several speeches in the United States in Spanish, a remarkable gesture in defense of the rights of Latino immigrants.

In his return to America, Pope Francis evangelizes and makes politics.

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