Pope prays for success of Colombia peace talks in Cuba

Representatives of FARC and the Colombian government have been holding talks in Cuba since late 2012 Vatican officials ruled out a Pope Francis meeting in Cuba with representatives of the Colombian government and a Colombian rebel group, but the Pope offered public prayers for the success of their peace talks. “May the blood shed by… Continue reading Pope prays for success of Colombia peace talks in Cuba

Serve others, not ideologies, Pope urges Cubans at Mass in Havana

‘We do not serve ideas, we serve people,’ Francis tells hundreds of thousands in Revolution Square Pope Francis has told the Cuban people that love and service, not ideology, are the keys to their happiness. “We do not serve ideas, we serve people,” the Pope told hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Havana’s Revolution… Continue reading Serve others, not ideologies, Pope urges Cubans at Mass in Havana

Pope, greeted with joy in Cuba, walks a fine line

Pope Francis arrived here Saturday to a rapturous reception from ordinary Cubans and, drawing on the famous words of one of his predecessors, called on island nation to “open itself to the world” and on the world “to open itself to Cuba.” Greeting him on the airport tarmac was the country’s communist president Raul Castro,… Continue reading Pope, greeted with joy in Cuba, walks a fine line

‘Pope Plan’ transforms Havana, a city known for decay

Windows looking out on the Church of the Sacred Heart were covered with tattered newspapers. Wheel-swallowing potholes pitted the streets. Paint peeled off the walls in sheets. Then the pope said he was coming to town. Crews of workmen showed up as if from nowhere this summer, smoothing streets, patching walls, and painting facades in… Continue reading ‘Pope Plan’ transforms Havana, a city known for decay