• Archbishop of Havana, key figure in US detente, steps down

    Archbishop of Havana, key figure in US detente, steps down

    • Apr 26, 2016

    Under Cardinal Ortega’s leadership, the Roman Catholic Church has quietly established itself as practically the only independent institution with any widespread influence on the island.

  • Pope Francis leads the charge against 21st century slavery

    Pope Francis leads the charge against 21st century slavery

    • Apr 20, 2016

    If slavery makes you think of the 18th and 19th centuries, think again. Think the 21st Century. Think today. An estimated 27 million people live in slavery today. That’s more than twice the number of men and women taken from Africa during the transatlantic slave trade. In fact, more people live – and too often die – in bondage today than at any

  • Unique Vatican brand of diplomacy packs a real punch

    • Jan 11, 2016

    More than once, people have questioned the need for the Vatican to have such a sovereign standing. Yet arguments in favor of the Vatican’s unique status are also abundant, including its track record for making a difference: Both the United States and Cuba credited Pope Francis and the Vatican’s diplomacy with helping broker a December 2014 deal to restore relations.

  • Vatican: Irish marriage vote was a defeat for humanity

    • May 26, 2015

    The Holy See weighed in Tuesday on Ireland’s historic vote legalizing same-sex marriage, calling the vote “a defeat for humanity.” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s sectetary of state, told reporters in Rome that he was “deeply saddened” by the vote. “The Church will have to take this reality on board in