Under the patronage of Our Lady of Charity
Enthroned on the altar at the Mass said in Revolution Square was a beautiful replica statue of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, who was named the Patroness of Cuba just 100 years ago by Benedict XV. A statue of the Risen Christ from the Havana cathedral was also brought to the square.
University student orchestra
The Symphonic Orchestra of the University of Fine Arts accompanied the choir during the Mass in Revolution Square, showcasing Cuban music. "Many of us are from this school or graduated from it. It's a great honor that they chose us for this. We're really happy. We have worked a lot these last days," Anabela Eschevez Acosta, a 24 year old from Camagüey, told CNA.
The flying zuchetto
It happened again. When Pope Francis was stepping down from the airplane at José Martí Airport in Havana, the wind played a trick on him again and lifted off his zucchetto. But this time he was able to retrieve it with the help of a member of the papal entourage.
Popemobile a la Cubana
The Cuban popemobile is a Peugeot Hoggar made in Brazil but assembled as papal vehicle in Cuba. The Cuban mechanics decided that the style should be austere and open on the sides so that Pope Francis could greet the people.
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During the last event of the day, among the thousands of youth who joined Pope Francis on the grounds outside the Havana cathedral, a new and catchy chorus was introduced which they chanted in unison "1, 2 y 3, qué Papa más chévere, qué Papa más chévere, el que nos vino a ver," or "1, 2, 3, what a really cool Pope, what a really cool Pope, who's come to see us".