NEWS ANALYSIS: Cuba’s long-time archbishop resigns, but like the Castro brothers, is staying in the public eye.
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COMMENTARY: Today's meeting has the capacity to be decisive for the shape of world Christianity in the 21st century and beyond.
The Holy Father was greeted in an official welcoming ceremony by Cuban President Raul Castro and Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino of Havana.
I want to encourage you to be ‘missionaries of this infinite love of God,’ Francis said in a video message to the island-nation, which he will visit Sept. 19-22.
The prisoner release is the largest in Cuba since the communist revolution of 1959.
Last fall, Pope Francis helped to broker improved relations between Cuba and the United States, culminating in the full restoration of diplomatic ties after 50 years of strained relations.
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Cuba’s Communist leader made the comment following his audience yesterday with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
NEWS ANALYSIS: The Vatican secretary of state and his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, had spoken often in the past year, a Vatican source said.