Pope Francis holds Mass in Cuba

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HAVANA -- Pope Francis is urging Cubans to look out for one another and not just judge others based on what they are or are not doing.

Francis directed the message to thousands of Cubans gathered Sunday for his first Mass in Havana's Revolution Plaza. He told them that those who want to be great must serve others, and not be served by them. He said Cubans should avoid "judgmental looks."

He said "All of us are asked, indeed urged, by Jesus to care for one another out of love ... Without looking to one side or the other to see what our neighbor is doing or not doing."

It wasn't immediately clear what Francis was referring to. But many Cubans complain about the rigidity of a system in which virtually every aspect of life is controlled by the government, from cultural institutions to block-level neighborhood watch committees, in which people are excluded or lose benefits if they are perceived as being disloyal or unfaithful to the principles of the revolution.

That has eased in recent years, but it remains a problem in the eyes of many islanders and outside observers.

Many Cubans are also increasingly concerned about growing inequality, as those with access to foreign capital live better than others who struggle to feed themselves, generating jealousy and division within families and society at large.

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