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A statue of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, patroness of Cuba.

Read the official prayer for Pope Francis' visit to Cuba

Sep 10, 2015

The Cuban bishops have issued a prayer to help prepare for Pope Francis' Sept. 19-22 visit to their island nation,... Read more

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Havana, Cuba.

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

Sep 9, 2015

Just 357 priest working to evangelize 11.2 million people, along with 2,000 faithful who offer their homes where there are... 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

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 3, 2015.

Pope Francis to handpick new doctor ahead of Cuba, US trip

Jul 29, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As the five-year term for Pope Francis' personal doctor comes to an end, the Pope is expected to choose a... 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

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 26, 2014.

Cuba, US set to be a busy trip for Pope Francis

Jun 30, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis’ itinerary while in Cuba and the United States confirms several highly anticipated events including a special U.N. Summit... 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 meets with Raul Castro, president of Cuba, at the Vatican, May 10, 2015.

Raul Castro to Pope: Thanks to you, I may come back to the Church

May 10, 2015

Following a private meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who has helped to broker improved relations between Cuba and... 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 John Paul II Visits United Nations.

Relic of Saint John Paul II makes pilgrimage to Cuba

Apr 14, 2015

Seventeen years after the historic visit of Saint John Paul II to Cuba, the Polish pope is returning to the... Read more

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

'Given the new situation, a papal trip to Cuba would be hoped for'

Jan 20, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Following the Vatican-brokered restoration of relations between the US and Cuba, a visit of Pope Francis to the island should... Read more


Women in White invite Pope Francis to visit Cuba

May 10, 2013

The leader of the Cuban protest group Women in White said she hopes Pope Francis will visit Cuba after she... 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

Procession of the statue of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre in during Mass in Revolutionary Square in Havana, Cuba on March 28, 2012.

Pope's message in Cuba touches hearts of Latin Americans

Mar 28, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

The words of hope delivered by Pope Benedict XVI to the people of Cuba at a March 28 Mass are... Read more

Pope leaves Cuba with call to renew faith, build up society

Mar 28, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

As he concluded his historic trip to Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the people of the island nation to “look... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in Havana's Revolution Square on March 28, 2012.

In Revolution Square, Pope praises religious freedom

Mar 28, 2012

Cuba has made progress towards full religious freedom and the government should continue these advances to strengthen society and to... Read more

Pope Benedict meets with Sr. Teresa Kereketa in Santiago de Cuba. Photo courtesy of L'Osservatore Romano.

Benedict XVI meets his 'spiritual Godmother' in Santiago de Cuba

Mar 27, 2012

After beginning his day on Tuesday with a private Mass in Santiago de Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI met a religious... Read more


Pope asks Raúl Castro to declare Good Friday a Cuban holiday

Mar 27, 2012

During a personal meeting that lasted over 40 minutes, Pope Benedict XVI asked Cuban President Raúl Castro to recognize Good... Read more