After decades of hostility between Castro’s communist regime and the Catholic Church, relations began to slowly improve in the 1980s, culminating in a historic visit to Cuba by pope John Paul II in 1998.
When it comes to lifting the trade embargo, U.S. President Barack Obama sides with Castro and said he is confident the U.S. Congress will lift what he calls “an embargo that should not be in place anymore”.
Cuban President Raul Castro blamed the United States for aggravating his country’s economic turmoil and demanded reparations Monday when he addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York City for the first time as president.
Pope Francis has faced criticism for refusing to meet with human rights activists in Cuba, and has been accused of largely ignoring the issue of human rights during his visit. Although he telephoned some dissidents on Sunday to give a “passing greeting”, they were...