Pope Francis to Stop in Cuba Before US Trip

Vatican officially confirms papal visit en route to United States.

The Holy See said earlier this month that a stopover was being considered. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi officially confirmed the stopover today but gave no further details.

Pope Francis is said to have helped speed up reconciliation between the U.S. and Cuba by encouraging leaders of both nations and hosting some of the final negotiations.

During his visit in September, Francis will stop in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City.

The Vatican also confirmed Monday that Francis will canonize a controversial 18th-century California missionary during the trip.