From one end of Cuba to the other, Pope Francis urged islanders to serve each other and not an ideology, rediscover their Catholic faith and work to advance the historic detente with the United States, which he called a model of reconciliation for the world. Francis basked in the adulation of cheering Cubans who greeted the pope at his many stops — and a few Cuban dissidents who put in a brief appearance before being dragged off by Cuban security officers. Francis also sat down with Fidel Castro.
The pope wrapped up a four-day visit Tuesday, urging Cubans to pursue a "revolution of tenderness."
A day later Cuba was back in the news as the country that is hosting peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. In a stunning political breakthrough that set the stage to end Latin America's longest-running armed conflict, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and rebels leaders said they have overcome the last significant obstacle to a peace deal. AP's Ramon Espinosa was on hand for the historic hand-shake with Santos and the military commander of the FARC guerrillas, known by his alias Timochenko.
Thousands of people marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students by marching through Mexico City. Activists said the movement might bring justice for Mexico's disappeared, though only two of the students' remains have been identified. While the march was smaller than past demonstrations, the case has helped publicize the thousands who have gone missing since Mexico's drug war started in 2006.
This gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City.
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