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

President Donald Trump’s changes to U.S. policy on Cuba will end up weakening human rights in the island country, the United States bishops have said. “The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in solidarity with the bishops of Cuba and the Holy See, has long held that human rights and religious freedom will be strengthened

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That time when St. Pope John Paul II changed Fidel Castro’s mind about Christmas

After Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959, he spent the next decade slowly imposing socialism on the country, including state atheism. In 1960, several Cuban Catholic bishops signed a letter re-affirming the Church’s long-standing rejection of communism and called for Catholics to reject it. In response, his government confiscated Catholic property and arrested

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Obama meets with Cuban Cardinal Ortega, in recognition of the key role he played in the US-Cuba reconciliation process

President Obama, his wife and daughters met with the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega on his first historic visit to the Island nation. President Obama’s three-day visit to the country will focus on deepening long-neglected commercial ties between the two countries. Cardinal Ortega and Pope Francis played key roles in helping restore relations

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The family is the answer to the world’s brokenness, says Pop

The Pope reviewed his papal visit to Cuba and the US during his general audience in St Peter’s Square The family is the answer to the two extremes facing the world — fragmentation and “homogenisation”, in which everything is forced to be the same, Pope Francis said. The family based on marriage between a man

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Aboard papal plane, Francis defends his teaching on social issues

The Pope spoke to reporters on his flight from Cuba to America Pope Francis defended his position on the economy, the environment and other social issues as faithful repetitions of the basic Catholic social doctrine. Speaking to reporters flying with him from Cuba to Washington on Tuesday, the Pope was asked about comments, mainly from

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Visit to Cuban shrine gives Pope quiet time for prayer

Francis spent 45 minutes meeting with Cuba’s 17 bishops at the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity In one of the calmer, more intimate moments of his visit to Cuba, Pope Francis and the country’s bishops offered special prayers to the Cuba’s patroness, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre. The prayer on Monday at

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