Pope Francis prays before a statue of the Virgin del Charity, Cuba's patron saint, as he arrives to celebrate a Mass at the Plaza of the Revolution, in Holguin, Cuba, Monday. The original statue is 403 years old and and stands just over a foot tall, but the petite wooden statue in a small-town church in eastern Cuba is among the most venerated Roman Catholic icons in the world and an object of pride and reverence for hundreds of thousands on the island.
Pope Francis prays before a statue of the Virgin del Charity, Cuba's patron saint, as he arrives to celebrate a Mass at the Plaza of the Revolution, in Holguin, Cuba, Monday. The original statue is 403 years old and and stands just over a foot tall, but the petite wooden statue in a small-town church in eastern Cuba is among the most venerated Roman Catholic icons in the world and an object of pride and reverence for hundreds of thousands on the island. Alessandra Tarantino AP
Pope Francis prays before a statue of the Virgin del Charity, Cuba's patron saint, as he arrives to celebrate a Mass at the Plaza of the Revolution, in Holguin, Cuba, Monday. The original statue is 403 years old and and stands just over a foot tall, but the petite wooden statue in a small-town church in eastern Cuba is among the most venerated Roman Catholic icons in the world and an object of pride and reverence for hundreds of thousands on the island. Alessandra Tarantino AP

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