Pope Francis calls on Cuba and the U.S. to provide an example to the world by persisting with their diplomatic rapprochement that he helped broker. Vanessa Johnston reports.
A warm welcome for Pope Francis in Cuba's capital, Havana. It's the Argentine pontiff's first official visit to the Caribbean island... ...and comes amid a recent rapproachment between Cuba and the U.S. -- one that he helped broker. During a news conference with Cuban President Raul Castro, the pope urged the former Cold War foes to deepen relations. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "I urge political leaders to persevere on this path and to develop all its potentialities as a proof of the high service which they are called to carry out on behalf of the peace and well-being of their peoples, of all America, and as an example of reconciliation for the entire world." While Castro praised Pope Francis for his mediating efforts... He also criticized Washington over its economic embargo and occupation of the Guantanamo naval base on the island's eastern tip. Afterwards, thousands lined the street to welcome the pope, as he embarked on the rest of his Cuba visit... ...expected to include a meeting with the country's iconic revolutionary leader Fidel Castro... Before he moves on to the United States next week.