One of the most colorful dimensions of the new U.S.-Cuba deal to emerge is the role of Pope Francis in brokering it. His intervention recalls previous ones like Pope John Paul II’s intervention in the Beagle Channel dispute between Argentina and Chile in December 1978.
More commentary has emerged on Pope Francis’s role over the weekend. John Allen of Crux sees it as manifesting a longstanding papal policy of detente. Here is a skeptical perspective from Nicholas Hahn.