(RNS) — By making these men cardinals, the pope is handing them megaphones.
HAVANA (AP) — Slowly, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Cuba is beginning to be rehabilitated, along with the memory of many of the island's early Jewish forebears.
(The Conversation) — Christian leaders are taking advantage of a rare public debate to mobilize Cubans against a proposed constitutional reform that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
(RNS) — The bottom line is that the Chinese government can do whatever it wants to the Catholic Church in China, and no one can do anything about it.
(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops want President Trump to consider 'ordinary Cubans' as he scales back on what he calls a one-sided deal with the island nation.
(Reuters) That forecast contrasted with President Raul Castro's gloomy depiction of the economy last week.
(The Conversation) How can we look at Castro’s legacy today, particularly from the way he shaped the religious identity of Cuba?
The Catholic Church remains the only institution in Cuba completely independent of the communist government.
(RNS) Castro's revolution was a moral and spiritual failure. That is why I am not mourning his death.
(RNS) “I believe Karl Marx could have subscribed to the Sermon on the Mount,” Castro once said.
(RNS) Campbell said clergywomen attaining top leadership positions "still is something that is out of the ordinary."
VATICAN CITY/MOSCOW (Reuters) Diplomats and analysts say Friday's summit in Havana could not happen without a green light from the Russian president.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The chief impetus for the Feb. 12 meeting is the need for a joint response to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. The Russian leader, Patriarch Kirill, needs to reassure his own flock that he won't be focused on reuniting with Catholicism after a 1,000-year schism.
(RNS) Standing more than 9 feet tall, the crucifix is made of wooden oars as a symbol of migration. It was given to Francis by Cuban President Raul Castro during the pontiff’s visit in September.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) No official confirmation was given, but "concrete steps" are being taken to make it happen.