Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Pope heads to US after Cuba visit

SANTIAGO, Cuba - Pope Francis left Cuba today for his first trip to the U.S., wrapping up a four-day visit to the communist island with an appeal to the people to rediscover their Catholic heritage and live a "revolution of tenderness."

Francis spoke at Mass at Cuba's holiest shrine, with President Raul Castro attending. His choice of words carried particular weight in a country whose 1959 revolution installed an atheist, communist government that sought to replace the church as the guiding force in people's live.

Around midday, he left for Washington for a visit in which he will meet with President Barack Obama, address Congress and the United Nations and take part in a Vatican-sponsored conference on families in Philadelphia.

The pontiff's homily in the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre was the latest in a series of carefully worded critiques of the Cuban system during his four-day visit.

At his Sunday Mass in Havana, he urged thousands of Cubans to serve one another and not an ideology. He also encouraged them to refrain from "looking to one side or the other to see what our neighbor is doing or not doing," words that resonated in a nation where the government controls most aspects of life.

Palestinian attacker killed

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Israeli forces shot a female Palestinian attacker after she attempted to stab a soldier at a West Bank checkpoint today, the military said, as tensions continued to simmer ahead of this week's major Jewish and Muslim holidays. The woman later died of her injuries, according to her father.

The military said forces opened fire and "identified a hit" following the incident in the West Bank city of Hebron. The woman was identified as 18-year-old university student Hadeel al- Hashlamon. She was taken to an Israeli hospital in critical condition and her father, Salah al-Hashlamon, said she later died of her injuries. The soldier was not wounded.

Earlier today, the military said a Palestinian was found dead in a village near Hebron allegedly after an explosive device he was handling went off. …

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