Tag Archives: Cuba

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

Read more

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

Read more

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

Read more