HOLGUIN, Cuba (AP) _ Singing children and a small crowd waving Cuban and Vatican flags have greeted Pope Francis upon his arrival at the airport in the eastern Cuban city of Holguin (ohl-GEEN').
Some cried out ``Francis! Holguin is with you!'' from the tarmac as the pope emerged from an Alitalia plane.
Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel headed the government delegation to receive the pontiff.
From the airport Francis traveled to the city's Revolution Plaza for a morning Mass in front of thousands of people with hats and parasols shielding themselves from the sun.
A giant image of the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, Cuba's patron, is mounted on a building in the square.
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