Dec 19, 2014

Video: Pope Francis Reclaims Vatican's Role as Diplomatic Mediator

The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history's first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy See on the front lines of diplomacy, especially for a cause it has long championed.

The Vatican said Wednesday that Francis wrote to President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro in recent months, and invited them to resolve their differences over humanitarian issues, including prisoners. In addition, the Vatican said it hosted U.S. and Cuban delegations in October "and provided its good offices to facilitate a constructive dialogue on delicate matters, resulting in solutions acceptable to both parties."