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How the Pope's 'Shock-the-Yankee' Attitude Got Rave Reviews in the U.S.

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 10.02.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Understanding the culture and history of a host country enables one to be accepted and heard there. Thus, Pope Francis could raise as gently as possible some of the most debated issues in the U.S. while still ending his speech in Congress with a standing ovation.

Conversation With Court Sketch Artist Janet Hamlin

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.01.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

I met Janet Hamlin while freelancing on a TV show earlier this year. We both work as scenic artists and when I learned she is also a court sketch arti...

Are We Cubans More Unruly Than Other Peoples?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Cubans are no more unruly than other human beings and yet, right now, a park filled with children's play structures needs to be guarded like a bank, so that the swing seats, the iron from the carousels or the ropes from the climbing nets aren't stolen.

The People's Pope: Our Attraction and Fascination With Pope Francis

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Pope Francis is able to attract the masses as they thirst for hope and hunger for love. As we struggle with the dangers of climate change, social inequality, racial division, and xenophobia, the Pope does not turn a blind eye to these issues, he challenges us to face them and to make changes and act to work for justice.

Does Pope Francis's U.S. Visit Favor Any Presidential Candidate?

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Let's take a look out how the major themes addressed by the head of the Catholic Church align the most not with any of the Catholic candidates but with the sole Jewish one.

Friday Talking Points -- New Job Vacancy: Chief GOP Cat-Herder

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boehner certainly picked an interesting time to step down. Before his announcement, we were facing the possibility of a government shutdown as early as next week. However, the Senate doesn't seem to be backing the "shut it down" caucus on this particular fracas.

Your Guide to Cuban Fritas in Miami

Visit Florida | Posted 09.24.2015 | Travel
Visit Florida

Cuban Fritas from El Rey de las Fritas Photo: Trevor Green/VISIT FLORIDA Heading down to South Florida? Be sure to try a Cuban frita -- known in som...

Bringing Bitcoin To Cuba

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 09.23.2015 | Technology
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

Since its introduction in 2008, Bitcoin, the world's most recognized and frequently used crypto-currency has continued to grow in popularity. Bitcoin's peer-to-peer decentralized structure has steadily attracted global users seeking to make purchases and transfers of money digitally, privately, and with minimal transaction costs.

Cuba: Cutting Property Claims Down To Size

Jose Gabilondo | Posted 09.22.2015 | Latino Voices
Jose Gabilondo

Any settlement of property claims should be part of a more general purge of political risk in the island's economy. This means comprehensively taking into account all related forms of political risk, including Cuba's public international law claims against the U.S. for embargo losses.

Raul Castro, The Altar Boy

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.22.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Cuban leader, Raul Castro, has accompanied Pope Francis at all his Masses during his tour of the island. From the one celebrated in Havana's Plaza of the Revolution to the words pronounced at the Santiago de Cuba Cathedral.

Pope Francis Dares Young People In Cuba To Dream

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis made time to meet with a group of young people in Havana on Sunday, his first full day in Cuba.  True to form, he made it clear that...

Daily Meditation: The True Meaning Of Service

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Fidel Castro Offers Religious Views In Meeting With Pope Francis

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion

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Religion in Cuba: Richer Than You Think

Jenifer Joy Madden | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Jenifer Joy Madden

While on his tour of Cuba, Pope Francis will say mass in Havana's vast Revolution Square. From the altar, the pontiff can gaze over the crowd at dramatic monoliths including the towering Jose Marti memorial and the Ministry of the Interior, which bears a huge image of the revolutionary, Che Guevara.

A Letter to Pope Francis from a "Miami Cuban"

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

I only have three questions to pass on to you, which I often hear from my Cuban-American counterparts when it comes to the Church and Cuba, which most of us ask ourselves, but remain totally unanswered.

U.S. Considers Abstaining From UN Vote On Cuba Embargo

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the United States may be willing to accept a United Nations condemnation of the U.S. trade embargo agains...

Cuba Arrests Dissidents Before Pope's Havana Mass

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 09.20.2015 | World

Four dissidents opposed to Cuba’s communist regime were arrested when they tried approaching Pope Francis in Havana on Sunday, an activist ...

Pope Francis Meets With Fidel Castro In Cuba

AP | Adam Goldberg | Posted 09.20.2015 | Religion

HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis and Fidel Castro, the man who transformed his country through decades of Communism, met on Sunday at the revolutiona...

Compelling Photos Capture Pope Francis' Visit To Cuba

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.20.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis arrived in Cuba on September 19 to an enthusiastic reception in the country that is in the midst of political change and spirit...

Pope Francis Praises U.S.-Cuba Detente As Model For World

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.19.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis hailed detente between the United States and Cuba as a model of reconciliation for the world, urging Presidents Bara...

Sabotaging Obama's Cuba Policy

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 09.19.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

A key reason for President Obama's success in reaching an accord with Cuba where his ten predecessors failed can be summed up in a single word: respect.

Obama, Castro Discuss Pope's Visit, New Trade Regulations

Reuters | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

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6 Things We Hope to See on the Pope's Cuba-U.S. Trip

Michael Maisel | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
Michael Maisel

The Pope was a trusted broker in the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to an official rapprochement between our two countries, so we're confident that he'll speak favorably about warming U.S.-Cuba relations on his trip.

Why I'm Going to Burma (Myanmar)

Richard Bangs | Posted 09.18.2015 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Photo courtesy of MTSobek When word got out I was thinking of taking a group to Burma this November, I received this email: Dear Mr. Bangs: I stro...

Generation Y Behind Bars

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There have been many published opinions about the pardons granted to 3,522 prisoners in anticipation of the visit of Pope Francis. Most of the criticism has focused on the fact that the beneficiaries include no one sentenced for political reasons.