Pope to witness impact of U.S.-Cuba detente he helped spur




 
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Pope to witness impact of U.S.-Cuba detente he helped spur
 
September 19th, 2015  
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Pope to witness impact of U.S.-Cuba detente he helped spur
By Andrew Cawthorne HAVANA (Reuters) - Pope Francis begins a nine-day tour of Cuba and the United States on Saturday where he will see both the benefits and complexities of a fast-evolving detente between the old Cold War foes that he helped broker. Better sensitized to the issue than predecessors because of his Latin American roots, the 78-year-old Argentine pontiff facilitated a back channel for talks and sent missives to Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama in 2014. "We all want to say thank you so much Francis for helping us end this absurd situation we have endured for so long," said plumber Osmany Lopez, 63, who planned to be on the streets of Havana to see Francis' motorcade from the airport on Saturday.




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