Pope Gives Symbolic Blessing to U.S.-Cuba Reconciliation

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  • Pontiff arrives in Washington after meeting with Castro
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Pope Francis greets Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg

Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S. directly from Cuba Tuesday is a purposeful bit of symbolism that affirms President Barack Obama’s decision to end the half century of U.S. estrangement from the island nation.

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