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  • Pope Francis looks out from the Hill of the Cross in Holguin, Cuba, September 21, 2015. On a special personal anniversary, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in east Cuba on Monday on the last full day of a trip where he has been praised for aiding rapprochement between the communist government and the United States. Two predecessors have visited Cuba, but Francis was the first pope to visit Holguin, capital of the region where the Castro brothers and leaders of Cuba, Fidel and Raul, grew up. Sept. 21 was the day when the Argentine pope said he first felt a calling from God.  REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/Pool - RTX1RS5A
    September 21, 2015  

    Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit pontiff? Once known as Argentina’s “slum bishop,” Pope Francis has placed special emphasis on concern for the poor, has changed the church’s tone toward women, homosexuals and the divorced, and has not been shy about taking on controversial political issues. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • March 28, 2012  

    At an open-air Mass Wednesday in Havana’s Revolution Plaza, Pope Benedict XVI called for greater freedom for the Roman Catholic Church, warning against government repression — the closest he’s come to direct criticism of Cuba’s communist regime. Jeffrey Brown reports on the pope’s visit and meeting with Fidel Castro. Continue reading

  • March 28, 2012  

    With Cuban President Raul Castro in the front of a Mass Wednesday in Havana’s Revolution Plaza, Pope Benedict XVI called for greater freedom for the Roman Catholic Church — the closest he’s come to direct criticism of the regime. Jeffrey Brown, reporter Nick Miroff and author Ann Louise Bardach discuss the papal visit’s impact. Continue reading

  • March 23, 2010  

    In other news Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led a U.S. delegation to Mexico for talks on the escalating drug violence that killed two Americans in recent weeks and accusations of sexual abuse by Catholic leaders in the U.S. decreased last year. Continue reading

  • October 4, 2007  

    A recent book shed light on Mother Teresa’s struggles with her personal faith. Richard Rodriguez presents an essay on the religious icon and how she wrestled with her beliefs. Continue reading