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Pope Francis landed in Cuba on Saturday for the opening leg of a major 10-day tour of the Americas.

The pope's plane touched down at Havana's José Martí International Airport just before 4 PM. Cuban president Raul Castro was there to greet him. Francis is now the third pope to visit Cuba since 1998. It is his first-ever visit to the country.

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In an amusing moment, the pope's hat was blown off his head as he stepped off the plane.

The trip is rich in symbolism. Francis is the first Latin American pope in history, and he played a crucial role in the historic diplomatic thaw between the United States and Cuba.

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In a speech just after he landed, Francis hailed the ongoing normalization efforts, and called on the two countries to continue them.

"The world needs reconciliation," he said.

Francis is due to conduct a mass in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución on Sunday before touring the country. He leaves for the U.S. on September 22.

The visit was eagerly anticipated across the island. Below, see some pictures of Cubans preparing for Francis' arrival.

Fusion is airing a documentary about Pope Francis, "Saint or Sinner," on Sunday night at 8 PM.

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA - SEPTEMBER 19: A poster welcoming Pope Francis is seen in a window near a Cuban flag as Cuba prepares for the pontiff's visit on September 19, 2015 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Pope Francis is due to arrive in Havana, Cuba today for a three day visit where he will meet President Raul Castro and hold Mass in Revolution Square before travelling to Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and onwards to the United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA - SEPTEMBER 19: A poster welcoming Pope Francis is seen in a coffe shop as Cuba prepares for the pontiff's visit on September 19, 2015 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Pope Francis is due to arrive in Havana, Cuba today for a three day visit where he will meet President Raul Castro and hold Mass in Revolution Square before travelling to Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and onwards to the United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA - SEPTEMBER 19: A poster welcoming Pope Francis is seen on a window of a store as Cuba prepares for the pontiff's visit on September 19, 2015 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Pope Francis is due to arrive in Havana today for a three day visit where he will meet President Raul Castro and hold Mass in Revolution Square before travelling to Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and onwards to the United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA - SEPTEMBER 19: A poster welcoming Pope Francis is seen on the window of a store as Cuba prepares for the pontiff's visit on September 19, 2015 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Pope Francis is due to arrive in Havana, Cuba today for a three day visit where he will meet President Raul Castro and hold Mass in Revolution Square before travelling to Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and onwards to the United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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