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Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez
Pope Francis' role in Cuba stretches back years
Pope Francis' role in Cuba stretches back years

It has been a generation since Pope John Paul II helped kickstart the collapse of the Soviet Union through his support for anti-communists in his native Poland. Now a new pontiff, Francis, has taken up where John Paul left off. Francis, the first Latin American pope, has been credited with taking a key role in beginning to heal one of the Cold War’s last open wounds:  the standoff between Cuba and the United States. Like John Paul, Francis wielded diplomacy in a part of the world he knows well and cares deeply about. And like John Paul, he may have benefitted from the tides of history, acting when the time was ripe for change. On Thursday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the...

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