President Clinton, under pressure from the Pope's high-publicity visit to Cuba, made certain changes to laws regarding the economic meaures being taken against Cuba.
The modifications made will lower the controls on providing aid to Cuba and on travelling there, and will allow Americans to send money to relatives in Cuba.
Americans can now send $1200 per year to their Cuban relatives.
In addition, some humanitarian organizations will be able to run direct flights to Cuba from Florida. They will provide much-needed goods such as emergency medical supplies.
The measures modifications to the U.S. embargo were met with protest by Cuban-born members of the Senate, but were recieved favorably by Cuban-Americans and humanitarian aid groups alike.