Worshipers leave a Sunday service at the Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC), a fast-growing congregation in Washington, D.C., that embraces Calvinist Christian teachings. Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
Taneesha Johnson (far left) distributes church programs as members of the congregation enter CHBC for a Sunday worship service. Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
Church members and visitors attend a Sunday service at CHBC. The church has more than 700 members who hold to Reformed, or Calvinist, doctrine. Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
Dr. Mark Devor, senior pastor at CHBC since 1994, gives his hour-long sermon during a Sunday service. “A lot of people think religion is something you piece together from ideas you think are sweet and that you personally find beneficial,” says Pastor Devor. “No…. It’s an objective reality. It’s just what it is.” Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
An overflow of worshipers watch and listen to Pastor Devor on projection-TV screens in the basement of CHBC. Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
Kasey Gurley testifies about her faith during the annual ladies Christmas tea at CHBC. “I worship my own comfort, my own opinion of myself,” she says. “Like the idolatrous people of Judah, we deserve the full wrath of God.” Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
People bow their heads in prayer at the beginning of a one-hour class titled "Guidance" before the main church service at CHBC. Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
Catherine Snow prays during the ladies Christmas tea at CHBC. More than 200 women attended the annual event, with church members taking the opportunity to introduce neighbors and co-workers to the church. Mary Knox Merrill / Staff
Today's announcement of restored diplomatic ties between Cuba and the US comes after five decades of antagonism, including the 54-year-old US trade embargo against the Communist island. The Christian Science Monitor covered the embargo from the start.
ByBertram B. Johansson, Latin America Writer
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Today, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced that the United States and Cuba are restoring diplomatic ties after five decades of antagonism. The US has maintained a trade embargo against Cuba since Oct. 19, 1960. Below is The Christian Science Monitor's story from that day.