NCR Editorial: President Barack Obama's recent trip to Cuba demonstrated that diplomacy works.
NCR Today: President Obama received considerable criticism for his actions following the terrorist attacks in Belgium while on his trip to Cuba.
Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met Feb. 12 in Havana, Cuba, the first time in history the Roman Catholic pontiff and the Russian Orthodox patriarch have met.
Pope Francis called Cubans to a "revolution of tenderness" as he celebrated Mass Sept. 22 in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.
Francis called on people to turn their eyes toward Jesus, finding him even "in our brothers and sisters, especially those who feel excluded or abandoned."
Havana, Cuba -- Pope Francis pointedly told Cubans in a homily Sunday that "service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas, we serve people."
Pope Francis' visit to Cuba and the U.S. comes as people and politicians in both countries increasingly support ending an economic embargo that has lasted for more than five decades.
Catholicism is flourishing again in the former Spanish colony, gradually expanding its role and influence after suffering repression for decades following Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution.
Ever since Pope Francis' visit to Cuba was announced, Cuban church officials have billed him as the "missionary of mercy."
And it's an important mission, some Cubans say, so that the country and its people -- living in and outside of Cuba -- can move forward. The pope's message of mercy is exactly what Cuba needs, some say.
"Cuba needs mercy because Cubans have been divided even inside Cuba, and Cubans have been divided even outside Cuba," said Eduardo Azcarate, born in Havana but who now lives in Falls Church, Va.
Pope Francis will visit Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit. Get the full schedule here.