Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski declared himself pleased with the Obama administration's changes to U.S. Cuba policy, calling the moves "a step in the right direction."
"The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops has worked tirelessly for years with White House representatives promoting greater contact between people of Cuba and the free world," Wenski said in a statement.
The Cuban American National Foundation also applauded the measures.
"A greater ability to send remittances in conjunction with increased contact and communication with those on the island will help to break the chains of dependency that the Castro regime has traditionally used to oppress those inside Cuba," CANF President Francisco "Pepe" Hernandez said in a statement.
"It is significant that these measures do not represent a concession to the Castro regime, but rather form part of a continuing series of unilateral measures that the US is taking which demonstrate a concern for the well being of ordinary folks," he added.