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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

General audience with Pope Francis on March 18, 2015.

Cuban bishops: prepare for Pope's visit with works of mercy

Jul 1, 2015

In preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba this fall, the bishops of the island nation are asking the faithful... Read more

Cuban Flag.

Dates of Pope's Cuba trip announced: Sept. 19-22

May 11, 2015

Pope Francis’ historic trip to Cuba will take place Sept. 19-22, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Cuba has announced.  Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Sept. 25, 2013.

Pope Francis to meet with Raul Castro May 10

May 6, 2015

Pope Francis will receive Cuban president Raul Castro Sunday morning May 10, in a “strictly private” audience, Vatican spokesman Father... Read more

Pilgrims gather in Havana, Cuba for Mass during Pope Benedict XVI's visit in March 2012.

Cuban bishop says news of papal visit brings 'hope to our hearts'

Apr 29, 2015

The announcement of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Cuba has brought tremendous joy and hope to the people of the... Read more

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

Pope Francis to Cuba: it’s official!

Apr 22, 2015

By Elise Harris

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. confirmed to journalists today that Pope Francis will make a pastoral stop in Cuba... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Wednesday general audience April 16, 2014.

Pope Francis to Cuba? It's not official, but possible, Vatican says

Apr 17, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Holy See Press Office confirmed today that Pope Francis is considering a possible stop in Cuba as part as... Read more

Pilgrims gather in Cuba for Mass during the Pope's visit in March 2012.

US pushing Cuba to improve record on human trafficking, State Dept. says

Feb 12, 2015

By Matt Hadro

As the U.S. aims to re-establish full relations with Cuba, it is also pushing the country to redeem its poor... Read more

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Gratitude and caution over new Cuba policy

Dec 18, 2014

Catholic bishops in the U.S. and Cuba rejoiced at the historic announcement of a new relationship between the countries, while... Read more

Supporters hold signs Dec. 3, 2013 in support of imprisoned U.S. citizen Alan Gross. He was released from a Cuban prison Dec. 17, 2014.

Vatican, Pope played key role in US-Cuba prisoner release

Dec 17, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The Vatican played a critical role behind a prisoner exchange and a groundbreaking new policy between U.S. and Cuba announced... Read more

Pilgrims gather in Cuba for Mass during the Pope's visit in March 2012.

Cuban Church to focus on evangelization in new pastoral plan

Sep 16, 2014

The Church in Cuba recently unveiled its pastoral plan for 2014-2020, which will encourage the faithful to engage in evangelization... Read more

Pilgrims gather in Cuba for Mass during Pope Benedict's visit in March 2012.

Cuban government makes Good Friday official holiday

Apr 17, 2014

After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided grant... Read more

An abandoned building in Havana, Cuba.

US bishops join call to end American embargo of Cuba

Sep 30, 2013

In solidarity with a recent pastoral letter by the Cuban bishops, Des Moines Bishop Richard E. Pates has voiced support... Read more