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Cuban youth who exchanged zucchettos with the Pope felt the 'tenderness of God'

Sep 22, 2015 - 01:14 pm .- When he learned that a Pope would visit his city for the first time, Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez Yong dreamed of getting a white zucchetto to exchange with Pope Francis.

Pope blesses unborn children around the world while meeting with Cuban families

Sep 22, 2015 - 09:15 am .- Pope Francis met with families on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Santiago de Cuba, thanking those gathered for their warm witness and inclusive nature, reflecting that it is at home, in the family, that Christ shows the love of God.

Pope asks Cubans to imitate Mary's 'revolution of tenderness'

Sep 22, 2015 - 07:01 am .- During Mass on Tuesday Pope Francis praised the rich devotion to Our Lady of Charity seeded in the hearts of Cubans, and told them to be like her in making haste to meet the needs of others in tenderness and charity.

Nine things you missed from Pope Francis' time in Havana

Sep 21, 2015 - 03:54 pm .- In an intense Sunday, Pope Francis on Sept. 21 said a Mass attended by 200,000 people in Havana's Revolution Square, visited Fidel Castro, improvised two speeches, and was welcomed with affection by the Cuban people. Here are some details you might have missed while he was in “the Rome of the Caribbean.”

Pope Francis unplugged: The Holy Father speaks from the heart to young Cubans

Sep 20, 2015 - 07:47 pm .- Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to respond to the dreams and hopes of young people who spoke to him in Cuba on Sunday evening.

Let poverty be your mother, Pope Francis tells religious in Cuba

Sep 20, 2015 - 06:37 pm .- Pope Francis on Sunday spoke from the heart about the importance of spiritual poverty, the danger of worldly wealth and the universal need for mercy. He made his impromptu remarks to Cuban priests, consecrated religious and seminarians at Havana’s cathedral.

Pope Francis' gift to Castro: a challenging message from Cuban leader's old teacher

Sep 20, 2015 - 04:56 pm .- Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro on Sunday and gave him a special gift: a book and two CDs with the homilies and songs of Father Amando Llorente, a Jesuit priest who was Castro’s school teacher. Before Father Llorente’s death, he publically asked for Castro’s conversion and repentance.

Pope in Cuba: Christians serve people, not ideology

Sep 20, 2015 - 08:29 am .- In his first Mass during apostolic trip to Cuba, Pope Francis centered his homily on the Christian call to service, which he said is never ideological, but involves putting our own interests aside for the sake of others.

Restoration of ties with US a sign of hope, Pope says in Cuba

Sep 19, 2015 - 02:55 pm .- Pope Francis landed in Havana on Saturday, the first of his 9-day visit to Cuba and the United States, telling officials that the recent normalization of relations between the two countries is a sign of hope and victory.

Cubans hope papal visit will rekindle faith

Sep 18, 2015 - 03:06 pm .- The Church in Cuba has undertaken a movement of spiritual and missionary preparation for Pope Francis' arrival tomorrow, which has led to hope for a rekindling of faith, according to one prominent priest.

Media invent a fake Pope by misusing his words, bishop charges

Sep 17, 2015 - 06:08 am .- A Brazilian bishop has criticized the mainstream media for manipulating and confusing their readers regarding Pope Francis' recent moves in the reform of the annulment process and special permissions regarding confession during the Jubilee of Mercy.

Cuban bishops welcome pardon of 3,500 prisoners before Pope Francis' visit

Sep 15, 2015 - 04:12 pm .- The Cuban bishops' conference stated on Friday they “received with profound satisfaction” the decision of the nation's government to pardon 3,522 prisoners “as a humanitarian gesture on the occasion of the visit of Pope Francis to our country.”

In Cuba, Pope Francis will be a 'Missionary of Mercy'

Sep 11, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The Cuban bishops have announced that the theme for Pope Francis' Sept. 19-22 visit to their nation will be “Missionary of Mercy,” as a way of looking forward to the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Read the official prayer for Pope Francis' visit to Cuba

Sep 10, 2015 - 10:11 am .- The Cuban bishops have issued a prayer to help prepare for Pope Francis' Sept. 19-22 visit to their island nation, focused on the visit's theme, “Missionary of Mercy.”

Here's a look at the state of the Church Pope Francis will find in Cuba

Sep 9, 2015 - 11:10 am .- Just 357 priest working to evangelize 11.2 million people, along with 2,000 faithful who offer their homes where there are no church buildings – these are among the aspects that Pope Francis will encounter when he visits Cuba later this month.

Is this what Saint Rose of Lima looked like?

Aug 28, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The face of the first saint of the New World may be better known than ever, thanks to a team of scientists that has analyzed the skull of Saint Rose of Lima.

Ahead of papal visit, Cuba's Women in White fear government crackdown

Aug 27, 2015 - 02:24 pm .- The leader of a human rights group is concerned that the Cuban government will repeat its 2012 crackdown on opposition activists when Pope Francis visits the nation next month.

Catholics in Colombia assist thousands of their brethren forced out of Venezuela

Aug 27, 2015 - 11:36 am .- With thousands of Colombian residents of Venezuela being driven from their homes amid a border crisis and martial law, the bishop of a Colombian border city is encouraging his people to assist the displaced.

This cardinal sees no reason to expect the Family Synod to be outside Church teaching

Aug 19, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Only two months away from the beginning of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Raúl Vela Chiriboga has said there is no room “to expect 'extraordinary things' from the synod, outside of the doctrine of the faith.”

Shortages in Venezuela mean priests are running out of Hosts

Aug 15, 2015 - 03:33 pm .- Venezuela's ongoing economic crisis has hit the Church in a unique way: the production of Hosts fell 60 percent during the past month, affecting three states in the South American country.

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