Jorge Duany Memo To Pope Francis: Cuba Wasn't All That Catholic Even Before Castro By Tim Padgett • Sep 16, 2015 Pedro Portal / El Nuevo Herald Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba this weekend showcases the island’s Roman Catholic recovery after half a century of communism. But that narrative is misleading. In reality, Catholicism wasn’t all that vibrant in Cuba before communism. Alan Gross And The Vatican: Could The Keys Of St. Peter Unlock A Cuban Jail Cell? By Tim Padgett • Jan 21, 2014 Gross family Can the Vatican free Alan Gross in Cuba? It helps first to consider how the Roman Catholic Church freed itself in Cuba. Cuba has seen surprising turns in recent years. Fidel Castro handing the communist dictatorship to his younger brother Raúl. Raúl decreeing capitalist reforms to save the communist dictatorship.