On Tuesday, Pope Francis will land on American soil. (NB to all those who are clearing their throats and starting to say, in their best announcer voices, “Shepherd One is preparing to land”: John Allen Jr. over at Crux points out that the plane isn’t actually called that.) A lot has already happened on this trip, which started on Saturday in Cuba—if you’re looking to catch up, here’s what we’ve covered so far.
Last week, Jason Berry had a piece on how the Roman Catholic Church survived in Cuba, even through years of communism. Miriam Celaya pushed back on all the hype: “Many Cubans recognize that Francis’s visit will not make a difference in their daily lives and problems,” she wrote on Saturday. She’s not the only one to protest Francis’s visit; on Sunday, at least three people were arrested during the pope’s mass in the Plaza de la Revolución. And speaking of dissidents, the pope met with Fidel Castro, who gave hope to track-suit-wearers around the globe: