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The Latest: Pope Francis heads for eastern Cuba

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, Pope Francis is greeted by faithful as he enters the San Cristobal Cathedral, Havana, Cuba. Francis presided over the evening prayer service in Havana's 18th century cathedral, where he broke from prepared remarks and spoke off-the-cuff at length for the first time during his trip to Cuba. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

    In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, Pope Francis is greeted by faithful as he enters the San Cristobal Cathedral, Havana, Cuba. Francis presided over the evening prayer service in Havana's 18th century cathedral, where he broke from prepared remarks and spoke off-the-cuff at length for the first time during his trip to Cuba. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Francis will be the first pope to visit Holguin, Cuba's third-largest city. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    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, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Francis will be the first pope to visit Holguin, Cuba's third-largest city. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 Pope Francis talks to Cuba's Fidel Castro, in Havana, Cuba. The Vatican described the 40-minute meeting at Castro's residence as informal and familiar, with an exchange of books. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

    In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 Pope Francis talks to Cuba's Fidel Castro, in Havana, Cuba. The Vatican described the 40-minute meeting at Castro's residence as informal and familiar, with an exchange of books. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The latest developments in Pope Francis' visit to Cuba and the United States. All times local:

8:05 a.m.

A plane carrying Pope Francis has left Havana for the eastern city of Holguin, the third-largest on the island, where thousands of people have already gathered in the city's plaza for today's papal Mass.

Fifty-eight-year-old Idael Confesor Martinez Leyva wore a straw hat topped with Cuban and Vatican flags as she entered the plaza. She said the pope "is going to transform the world and bring us what we need most, especially the young people."

In the evening, he heads to Cuba's second city, Santiago.