Eyes of Faith: Miami Archbishop Optimistic on Cuba

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Although Pope Benedict XVI's call for Cuba to introduce greater economic freedoms to its people appeared to fall on deaf ears, one Miami archbishop remains optimistic for the future of the Communist island.

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski is one of hundreds of Americans who made the pilgrimage to Cuba just to witness the Pope Benedict's historic visit.

Despite clear signals from Cuban officials that there would be no political reforms, he has chosen to walk by faith.

"We are praying that this visit of the Holy Father helps the Cuban people to move towards a future of hope," Wenski said.

He traveled from Miami with Paul Cejas, a Cuban American who hadn't been to the country in 52 years.

Cejas is also holding on to hope for change in his homeland.

"Let's look forward and see how Cubans, whether they live in Cuba or outside of Cuba, look at the future and together see what we can do for our country," Cejas said.

Meanwhile, Wenski admonished Cubans to remain patient.

"The pope cannot do in one day what Cubans have not been able to do in 50 years," he told The Miami Herald.

Click play to watch CBN News reporter Efrem Graham's updated package on Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba.

--Originally aired on March 30, 2012.

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