Singing children and a small crowd waving Cuban and Vatican flags are greeting Francis upon his arrival at the airport in the eastern city of Holguin.

A man poses for a photo as he arrives at the Plaza of the Revolution Plaza to attend a Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis in Holguin, Cuba (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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 is heading the government delegation to receive the pontiff.

From the airport Francis travels 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.

The pope is scheduled to celebrate Mass in the city's Revolution and visit La Loma de la Cruz, a cross and lookout point above Cuba's third-largest city. Then he'll head to Santiago for a visit to the shrine of Cuba's patron saint in the nearly town of Cobre.

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