Pope Francis bridged gap between U.S. and Cuba during secret talks

December 19, 2014 2:17 AM

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The surprise deal between the United States and Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations after 53 years in the deep freeze involved no clandestine meetings in either country or participation of an aging Fidel Castro.

Instead, an unlikely outsider played a key role in closing out a final chapter of the Cold War.

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