Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba benefits both Vatican and the Castros

Cathy Lynn Grossman / USA Today |

(RNS) When Pope John Paul II visited Cuba in 1998, he called for the island nation “to open to the world and for the world to open to Cuba.'' Pope Benedict XVI now will walk in that wider doorway when he visits the island nation next week. By Cathy Lynn Grossman.

Pope tells Cubans to look beyond Marxism

Alessandro Speciale |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Friday (March 23) urged Cuba's communist government to look for “new models'' beyond its “Marxist ideology,'' since Marxism “no longer responds to reality.'' By Alessandro Speciale.