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A pedicab driver in Havana Aug. 21 attaches a poster advertising the visit of Pope Francis to Cuba. The pope is scheduled to visit Cuba Sept.19-22. (CNS photo/Alexandre Meneghini, Reuters) See CUBA-POPE-PINO Sept. 2, 2015.

Cuban bishop: Pope’s visit comes at time of hope for people

September 3, 2015 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CNS) — Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba is a sign of his closeness to the nation’s people at a time they “breathe the air of hope” that relations with the U.S. will improve, said Bishop Wilfredo Pino Estevez of Guantanamo-Baracoa. “It’s not easy to live at odds with…

Pope Francis autographs a woman's cast during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 2. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-SMILE Sept. 2, 2015.

Just one smile from a loving family can warm coldest world, pope says

September 2, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The smile and love of a family can light up the world, bringing warmth and hope to communities that have become cold, lifeless and depressed, Pope Francis said. “No economic and political engineering is able to substitute this contribution from families,” he said Sept. 2 during his general…

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