Pope Francis is being hailed around the world -- and criticized by some in the U.S. -- for his pivotal role in brokering the historic breakthrough in relations between Washington and Havana, a role attributed to his background as the first Latin American pope and to the special position he occupies.
"We think that our nation now is on the right side of history. This will be good for the United States and for Cuba."
"I want to thank His Holiness Pope Francis, whose moral example shows us we should work for the world as it should be instead of accepting it as it is."
"I believe strongly in my heart in the power of God and the power of creation ... They are much stronger that the powers of death."
Analysis: Rome hasn't yet revealed the names of the new cardinals, but could an American be among them? There are a number of factors that will govern the choices.
Attorney General Eric Holder has announced new guidelines on racial profiling for federal law enforcement agencies in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., and New York police killings of two African-American men.
A recent survey found that nearly six in 10 Americans say marriage should not be "defined and regulated by the state."
Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich met with President Barack Obama to discuss immigration efforts. Cupich expressed gratitude for the plan to help immigrants who lack legal status.
The real problem is Congress simply can't get the job done when it comes to immigration. That is reason enough for the President to act.
At the Intersection: White Christian leaders of all denominations might need to repent for not doing enough to dismantle racism.