The Vatican announced Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle to sainthood, a second miracle, and now awaits just final approval from Pope Francis and a date for the ceremony.
The election of Francis is being interpreted as a victory for reform-minded cardinals, and may herald sweeping changes for the scandal-beset Catholic Church.
Many are watching to see if the pope mentions the case of imprisoned US aid worker Alan Gross. But the delicacy of his trip to Cuba makes it unlikely, writes guest blogger Girish Gupta.
Everyone fails. The question is how we respond to our failures.
President Obama's much-discussed bow in Japan earlier this month is the latest in a long line of awkward moments between world leaders as they adjust to each others' different cultural norms.