Mar 26, 2012 / 14:32 pm
Shortly after arriving in Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the nation to embrace moral values that will contribute to building "a better future."
During his opening speech, the Pope urged the country to work towards "real progress," that requires "an ethics which focuses on the human person and takes account of the most profound human needs, especially man's spiritual and religious dimension."
After concluding his 3-day trip to Mexico, Pope Benedict arrived at the Antonio Maceo International Airport in Santiago de Cuba on the afternoon of March 26.
In a welcoming ceremony, he greeted President Raúl Castro, government authorities, and the local bishops, and then expressed his "heartfelt affection" for the local Church and all Cubans.