| Mar 23, 2012
REPORTING FROM LEON, MEXICO -- Pope Benedict XVI, en route to Mexico, on Friday condemned the "evil" behind drug war violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the country. He also called for change in Cuba, where he will travel after Mexico....
| Mar 24, 2012
| 7:13 PM
When Pope Benedict XVI visits Cuba on Monday, the trip will be held up as a milestone in tolerance and religious freedom there.
But last weekend, Cuban police arrested 80 dissidents, including leaders of the protest group Ladies in White. Most were...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 7:50 PM
MIAMI Jim and Sonia Gilbride could have stayed home to watch Pope Benedict XVI's Mass from Cuba on Monday. They chose to watch it with 200 other Catholics.
"We wanted to do something more with the Cuban community," said Gilbride, just before the pope...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 11:51 AM
Havana, Cuba -- Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in Havana's Revolution Plaza Wednesday, steering clear of political statements but saying that "Cuba and the world need change."
The pope said that such change can come only if "each one is prepared to...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 3:46 PM
Thanks to 5 decades of U.S. trade sanctions, Cubans have been making do with what they have for many years. And what they have a lot of is condoms.
Fidel has been controlling the island population by keeping rubbers revolutionarily cheap at about three...
| Apr 10, 2012
It may have been Easter, not Christmas; but South Florida Catholics -- especially the Cuban-Americans among them -- got a gift when the church declared Father Felix Varela "venerable," one of three steps toward possible sainthood.
Varela, a 19th...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 7:13 AM
Whether it's balanced on the rim of a volcano or made of crystallized salt, the right hotel can provide you with a good year's worth of bragging material. These are the kinds of places you have to go at least once, if only to say you have.
| Sep 9, 2012
| 8:15 PM
Millions of people suddenly lost power Sunday night around the island of Cuba -- including all of Havana.
More than 2 million residents of the capital were in the dark late Sunday, except for those at hospitals and elsewhere with generators, according to...
| May 1, 2012
| 2:21 PM
If Mexico had a St. Patrick's Day, it would be Cinco de Mayo. There's just a slight tweak to the festivities. One can always count on tequila, sombreros and Margaritas — the overly salty, overly soured kind.
I have a hard time believing Cinco de...
| Aug 27, 2009
I have been visiting Cuba on Roman Catholic Church-related matters for more than a decade. And in mid-August, I visited again — along with Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston and Bishop Oscar Cantu, auxiliary bishop of San Antonio, Texas. We met...
| Apr 14, 2009
The phones have been ringing non-stop at South Florida travel agencies that book flights from Miami to Havana since last month, when Congress eased travel restrictions to Cuba for people with relatives on the island. Many companies have doubled staff,...