Sep 20, 2015

Crowds pack Havana's Revolution Square ahead of Mass by Pope Francis

Catholic faithful and fans of Pope Francis crowded into Havana’s iconic Revolution Square on Sunday to hear the Argentine pontiff celebrate Mass, the highlight of his trip to Cuba. Hundreds of Cubans and foreign visitors began streaming into the sprawling square overnight Saturday, camping ...

Jan 28, 2015

U.S.: Castro message 'positive sign'

The United States welcomed Tuesday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is underway in Havana. “We take his reference of ‘international norms and principles’ as a positive sign,” ...

Once banned in Cuba, Christmas festivities resurgent

Dec 25, 2014

Once banned in Cuba, Christmas festivities resurgent

Cubans this year celebrated Christmas, a resurgent holiday banned for 38 years by the communist government, with an early gift from U.S. President Barack Obama: a historic rapprochement. Across the island, houses, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and state-run stores have put up Christmas decorations, embracing ...