Pope Francis Praises U.S.-Cuba Relations as Model for the World

September 19, 2015 9:23 PM

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Pope Francis Praises U.S.-Cuba Relations as Model for the World

HAVANA — Pope Francis hailed detente between the United States and Cuba as a model of reconciliation for the world, urging Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro to persevere in building normal ties as the pontiff launched a 10-day tour of the former Cold War foes Saturday.

Francis' surprisingly direct call for progress toward normalization came after weeks of Vatican assurances that he would not explicitly address politics during his pastoral trip to Cuba and the U.S. Francis served as mediator and guarantor of 18 months of secret negotiations that led to the resumpti...

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