Pope Francis focused on the Christian call to service during his first Mass in Cuba this week, according to The Catholic News Agency. “Being a Christian entails promoting the dignity of our brothers and sisters, fighting for it, living for it,” he said.
Francis addressed thousands of people gathered for Mass in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución, or Revolution Square. He is the third pope to visit Cuba, preceded by Saint Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
During his homily, Francis said, “Service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas, we serve people."
He concluded, “Let us not forget the Good News we have heard today: the importance of a people, a nation, and the importance of individuals, which is always based on how they seek to serve their vulnerable brothers and sisters. Here we encounter one of the fruits of a true humanity.”