Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Roman Catholic Pope Francis have issued a joint statement, saying that the world needs their combined testimony to the way of the Gospel.
Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met Feb. 12 in Havana, Cuba, the first time in history the Roman Catholic pontiff and the Russian Orthodox patriarch have met.
Witness Against Torture members spent the holiday in fast and prayer at the gates of Guantánamo, calling on Obama to close the prison.
Pope Francis called Cubans to a "revolution of tenderness" as he celebrated Mass Sept. 22 in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.
Pope Francis met with revolutionary Communist Fidel Castro Sept. 20, where they chatted “informally” about “protecting the environment and the great problems of the contemporary world."
Francis called on people to turn their eyes toward Jesus, finding him even "in our brothers and sisters, especially those who feel excluded or abandoned."
In one of the most impassioned calls his pontificate for a poor church, Francis begged Cuba's religious community, "Love poverty like you love your mother."
Havana, Cuba -- Pope Francis pointedly told Cubans in a homily Sunday that "service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas, we serve people."
Havana, Cuba -- "Some people are expecting the pope to really challenge and confront the government. He's not going to do that. He's coming here ... as a missionary of mercy."
Pope Francis' visit to Cuba and the U.S. comes as people and politicians in both countries increasingly support ending an economic embargo that has lasted for more than five decades.