As Pope Francis wraps up his visit to Cuba, social media has been buzzing with video responses to the papal visit.
Pope Francis met with Raúl Castro, during which the Cuban President presented the Pope with a statue of christ on the cross.
The oars, used to create the crucifix, are used to symbolize the thousands of Cubans who lose their lives while trying to cross the Atlantic to reach the U.S., according to the artist:
The Pope also met with former president Fidel Castro after Sunday’s Mass. The 89-year-old gave the Pope a copy of his 1985 book “Fidel and Religion” a collection of interviews with Brazilian priest Frei Betto, Cuban daily Granma reports.
The Pope presented Castro with a book written by Reverend Armando Llorente – a former teacher at Cuba’s Jesuit High School – forced out of the country when Fidel came to power.
The men discussed poverty, peace and world affairs during their meeting, termed an “informal and friendly” encounter by the Vatican.
For those who attended Sunday’s Mass – many of whom watched the sermon on big screens in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución – it was an emotional and exciting event.
“He’s a very significant figure in the church… It takes your breath away. We wanted to say thank you for being here, thank you for visiting us.” One nun comments in this video:
This Mexican couple, Sarah and Manuel, decided to present Pope Francis with a traditional Mexican Charro hat, the third presented to a Pope during recent years.
As yet no papal visit has been scheduled for Mexico, but the couple hope that the gift will encourage Pope Francis to visit the country next year.