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Pope Francis arrives to his Wednesday's General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, on Dec. 3, 2014. (L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO/EPA)

Pope for the win

In a rare move, a personal plea from Pope Francis led to the thawing more than 50 years of tense U.S.-Cuban relations. “In particular, I want to thank His Holiness Pope Francis, whose moral example shows us the importance of pursuing the world as it should be, rather than simply settling for the world as it is,” President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

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