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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

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Cuban bishops call for political reform, open US policy

Sep 18, 2013

In a new pastoral letter, the Cuban bishops said that in “the hope for a better future,” their government should... Read more


Cuban dissident was murdered, companion claims

Aug 6, 2013

A Spanish national who accompanied Cuban dissident leader Oswaldo Paya on the day that he died, has charged that the... Read more

Greg Burke, Holy See's secretary of state media advisor.

Pope decided to resign after Cuba trip, Vatican advisor says

Feb 13, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down from his office was made soon after his trip to Mexico and Cuba... Read more


Two young Cuban converts ordained as priests

Aug 17, 2012

The Diocese of Santa Clara, Cuba now has two new priests who both converted to Catholicism as teens, despite anti-Christian... Read more


Mexico to host contemporary art exhibit on Our Lady of Charity

Jun 22, 2012

A contemporary art exhibit highlighting the relationship between the Cuban government and the Archdiocese of Mexico City will open on... Read more


Women in White confident in Cardinal Ortega's diplomacy

Jun 8, 2012

Berta Soler, the leader of the protest group Women in White, said she trusts Havana’s archbishop will be able to... Read more