Pope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord

  • Pope Francis has praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba. In his first public comments about the breakthrough Francis told new ambassadors on Thursday that diplomacy was a "noble job."

    Pope Francis has praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba. In his first public comments about the breakthrough Francis told new ambassadors on Thursday that diplomacy was a "noble job." Associated Press

 
Associated Press
Updated 12/18/2014 10:26 AM

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.

In his first public comments about the breakthrough Francis told new ambassadors on Thursday that diplomacy was a "noble job."

 

Francis played a crucial role in bringing the two sides together, writing letters to presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro this past summer inviting them to find humanitarian solutions to their differences and offering the Vatican as a facilitator in negotiations. The final deal was hammered out at the Vatican in October.

In his speech to the ambassadors, Francis said diplomacy is "a work of small steps, of little things that always end up making peace, to bring people's hearts together and spread fraternity among peoples."

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