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It's official: Diplomatic ties between U.S and Cuba are re-established. Pope played key role

2015-07-20

It's a day that will go down in history. July 20, 2015 will forever be marked as the day diplomatic ties were re-established between the  U.S and Cuba.  

This after more than 50 years of political tension between both nations. 

The Vatican played a role in this historic move. In fact Pope Francis personally reached out to both leaders in the process. He even invited both parties to the Vatican to discuss their negotiation process. 

Even so, on his recent return flight from Latin America, the Pope downplayed his role, saying it was all the work of a higher power. 

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"I only prayed over this. I didn’t decide  anything. What could I do, when these two countries have been down this road for more than 50 years. Then the Lord made me think of a Cardinal. He went and talked. Then I didn’t hear anything; months went by. One day the Secretary of State, who is here, told me, "Tomorrow we will have the second meeting with the two teams.” How’s that, I asked? It moved forward by itself. We did not mediate. It was the goodwill of both countries, and the merit is theirs, the merit is theirs for doing this.”

The U.S broke off ties with Cuba in 1961, after Communism was imposed on the island. After 54 years, a new chapter begins.


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