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Pope Francis and Fidel Castro in a private meeting, Sept. 20, 2015. Photo courtesy of Alex Castro.

UPDATED: Fidel Castro, communist leader who met three Popes, dies at 90

After hearing of the death of Fidel Castro, former president and leader communist revolution in Cuba, late Friday evening, Pope... Read more

Banners of the Albanian and Vatican flags in Tirana in preparation for Pope Francis' Sept. 21, 2014 visit.

In Albania, the Church honors martyrs of the communist era

During 40 years of communist rule in Albania – which in 1967 declared itself the first completely atheist country in... Read more

Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Amid communist rule, a Catholic university opens in Vietnam

After 40 years, the first Catholic Church-operated university opened in Vietnam since the advent of communism in the country.  Read more

The statue of Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac at his tomb in the Zagreb Cathedral, Croatia.

Hoax or history? The communist smearing of Cardinal Stepinac

Was the controversial Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac a target of decades-long communist smears and disinformation? One researcher of the period says... Read more

Tasende theater in Camagüey, which was seized by the Cuban government from the Teresian Sisters in 1961.

To celebrate Teresa of Avila, these Cuban nuns rented their own hall

On May 1, 1961 Fidel Castro ordered the seizure of all private schools in Cuba and the expulsion of all... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Pope Francis will likely meet Fidel Castro during Cuba visit

While Pope Francis is in Cuba next week chances are high that he will meet with former president Fidel Castro,... Read more

Bolivian president Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with a 'communist crucifix' at the presidential palace in La Paz, July 8, 2015.

Pope calls 'communist crucifix' protest art, but says he wasn't offended

Responding to waves of controversy after receiving a “communist crucifix” – a carving of Christ crucified on a hammer and... Read more

Ion Mihai Pacepa on Raul Castro's yacht in Cuba, 1974. Photo courtesy of Ion Mihai Pacepa.

Former Soviet spy: We created Liberation Theology

Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has... Read more

A West German man uses a hammer and chisel to chip off a piece of the Berlin Wall as a souvenir in November 1989 (Credi: U.S. Department of Defense).

Ruins of the Berlin Wall: what they whisper 25 years later

What remains of the Berlin Wall discloses a subtle yet stark reminder for civilization to not “look to walls as... Read more

   Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on June 4, 2014.

Pope: Fighting for the poor doesn't make me Communist – it makes me Catholic

Pope Francis spoke out against oppression of the poor due to greed and warned again of the growing presence of... Read more

Dr. Geraldine Kelley, a translator of entries in the

The USSR's Catholic martyrs suffered, but they suffered for God

Catholic victims of the Soviet Union’s cruel anti-Christian persecutions faced execution, exile and arbitrary imprisonment for their faith – and... Read more

Pope Francis listens as 85-year-old Sister Maria Kaleta speaks in Tirana's St. Paul Cathedral, Albania, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.

Albanian nun tells Pope about faith amid Communist regime

Among the powerful moments on Pope Francis’ Sept. 21 trip to Albania was the Holy Father’s encounter with an 85... Read more

Photograph of Wojciech Jaruzelski taken in 1968, around the time he became the Defence Minister of Poland.

Polish communist's reconciliation with Church hailed as joyous

The recent funeral Mass said for Wojciech Jaruzelski, who was a Polish military commander and communist politician during the Cold... Read more

Bl. John XXIII's tomb under the altar of St. Jerome in St. Peter's Basilica.

John XXIII and the beginning of the fall of the Iron Curtain

While Pope, Bl. John XXIII began a dialogue with the Soviet Union that led to the eventual fall of the... Read more

Pope Francis.

Care for poor rooted in Gospel, not communism, Pope affirms

In a March 31 interview with communications students, Pope Francis responded to previous accusations of being a communist, explaining that... Read more