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US bishops call for engagement amid Trump's policy change on Cuba

Jun 20, 2017

President Donald Trump’s changes to U.S. policy on Cuba will end up weakening human rights in the island country, the... Read more

St. Lawrence Sister Parish in Cuba.

The first Catholic church in 60 years is being built in Cuba

May 18, 2017

Funded by a parish in Florida, a new Catholic church is being built in Cuba and is the first the... Read more

US bishop disappointed over new policy toward Cuban migrants

Jan 15, 2017

On Friday, the U.S. bishops’ migration chair criticized the Obama administration’s denial of decades-old special protections for Cuban migrants to... Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vaticans Apostolic Palace.

Guantanamo bishop moving to a new archdiocese

Dec 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that Bishop Wilfredo Pino Estévez, who has led the Cuban diocese of Guantánamo-Baracoa for the... Read more

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That time JPII changed Fidel Castro's mind about Christmas

Dec 3, 2016

After Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959, he spent the next decade slowly imposing socialism on the country,... Read more

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

Nov 26, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

Pope Francis is greeted by children in Santiago de Cuba, Sept. 22, 2015.

Francis' message to young Cubans: Dream of a better world

Jul 29, 2016

Pope Francis sent a video message to Cuban youth unable to attend World Youth Day on Friday, encouraging them to... Read more

Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez.

Pope Francis names new archbishop of Havana, Cuba

Apr 26, 2016

The Holy See announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez of Camagüey to... Read more

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (L)

'First in history' – Pope Francis to meet Russian Patriarch in Cuba

Feb 5, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Friday the Vatican announced that while on his way to Mexico, Pope Francis will stop in Cuba to meet... Read more

Pope Francis is greeted by children with flowers in Santiago de Cuba on Sept. 22, 2015.

For Cubans, the Pope’s visit brought hope - but will it last?

Oct 9, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

After Pope Francis’ visit as a “missionary of mercy,” Cuba is now in a prime moment to move forward in... Read more

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

Sep 22, 2015

When he learned that a Pope would visit his city for the first time, Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez Yong dreamed of... Read more

Pope Francis greets a family at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral, Santiago de Cuba, Sept. 22, 2015.

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

Sep 22, 2015

Pope Francis met with families on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Santiago de Cuba, thanking those... Read more

Pope Francis preaches during Mass at the basilica shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre in Santiago de Cuba, Sept. 22, 2015.

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

Sep 22, 2015

During Mass on Tuesday Pope Francis praised the rich devotion to Our Lady of Charity seeded in the hearts of... Read more

Fidel Castro and Father Amando Llorente, S.J.

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

Sep 20, 2015

Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro on Sunday and gave him a special gift: a book and two CDs with... Read more

Education and play are key to childhood, Pope tells Cuba, US youth

Sep 19, 2015

By Elise Harris

The U.S. embargo on Cuba, education, care of the environment, war, and peace were all themes touched on by Pope... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience June 24, 2015.

Pope Francis will arrive to Cuba as a 'missionary of mercy'

Sep 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

On the eve of his arrival to Cuba Pope Francis sent a video message to the small island nation, expressing... Read more

Pope Francis meets Cuban president Raul Castro at the Vatican, May 10, 2015.

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

Sep 15, 2015

The Cuban bishops' conference stated on Friday they “received with profound satisfaction” the decision of the nation's government to pardon... 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

Sep 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

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

Women in White.

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

Aug 27, 2015

The leader of a human rights group is concerned that the Cuban government will repeat its 2012 crackdown on opposition... Read more

US and Cuba re-open embassies – Will lifting the embargo be next?

Jul 20, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. and Cuba formally re-established diplomatic ties for the first time since 1961 on Monday, a groundbreaking development advocated... Read more