Pope visits Cuba amid increasing support for end to U.S. embargo

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September 15, 2015

A woman passes a poster of Pope Francis as she enters a church in Santiago de las Vegas, Cuba, Sept. 8. Pope Francis will visit the island Sept. 19-22. (CNS photo/Reuters)

A woman passes a poster of Pope Francis as she enters a church in Santiago de las Vegas, Cuba, Sept. 8. Pope Francis will visit the island Sept. 19-22. (CNS photo/Reuters)

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CNS) — Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba and the United States comes as people and politicians in both countries increasingly support ending an economic embargo that has been in place for more than five decades.

U.S. President Barack Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro and the Vatican have called for a lifting of the embargo, which was first put in place in 1960 and repeatedly strengthened in the years since in response to growing strains between the countries.

Yet, despite public support for the embargo to end, U.S. Congress remains separated on the issue, with several bills stalled in subcommittees. Congressional approval is needed to roll back the sanctions.

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