Pope Francis Expresses 'Warm Congratulations' at News of Restored US-Cuba Ties

Vatican’s Secretariat of State Notes Pope’s Role in Easing Tensions

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The US government has just announced today that it will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana. The Vatican Secretariat of State released the following statement in response to the news:

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The Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision taken by the Governments of the United States of America and Cuba to establish diplomatic relations, with the aim of overcoming, in the interest of the citizens of both countries, the difficulties which have marked their recent history.

In recent months, Pope Francis wrote letters to the President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Mr Raúl Castro, and the President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama, and invited them to resolve humanitarian questions of common interest, including the situation of certain prisoners, in order to initiate a new phase in relations between the two Parties.

The Holy See received Delegations of the two countries in the Vatican last October and provided its good offices to facilitate a constructive dialogue on delicate matters, resulting in solutions acceptable to both Parties.

The Holy See will continue to assure its support for initiatives which both nations will undertake to strengthen their bilateral relations and promote the wellbeing of their respective citizens.

            From the Vatican, 17th December 2014 

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