In this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 photo, a worker prepares to fit a wooden arm onto a Christ statue during preparations of the altar where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in the Plaza of the Revolution, in Havana, Cuba. When Francis arrives in Havana on Sept. 19, he'll find his church ministering to more Cubans than at any time since the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
In this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 photo, a fishing village is in ruins after an earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the coastal town of Coquimbo, Chile. Several coastal towns were flooded from small tsunami waves set off by late Wednesday's quake, which shook the Earth so strongly that rumbles were felt across South America. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
In this Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 photo, medical staff from a nearby hospital, wearing Vatican and Cuban flags in their hair, look at pictures on their mobile phone while waiting for Pope Francis' motorcade in Havana, Cuba. Pope Francis began his 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States, embarking on his first trip to the onetime Cold War foes after helping to nudge forward their historic rapprochement. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
This is an 84-photo composite of people, each holding an image of their missing relative. The photographs of the 84 were shot between April and August of 2015 in the city of Iguala and surrounding towns. The world, and even most of Mexico, paid little attention to Iguala until 43 students from a rural teachers' college disappeared on Sept. 26, 2014. Two months after the students disappeared many other families in the area began coming forward to tell their stories, emboldened by the international attention focused on the missing students. Their message was simple: there are many more missing. They called them âthe other disappeared.â The AP interviewed the relatives of 158 of those missing. Only 84 agreed to be photographed because they are still very fearful. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, arrows pierce a target during the first day of the archery test event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
In this Sept. 7, 2015 photo, Mariano Yuquilema, left, and his wife Blanca Regina Jarrin stands with their son Widison's pet llama named "Martin" alongside the family dog "Bobi" on their property in San Jose de Loreto Pedregal, Ecuador, where the Cotopaxi volcano spews ash nearby. "The situation is alarming, but I'm not afraid," said Jarri. "I feel respect for the volcano and I've learned to adapt and live with it." The family raises dairy cows and grow potatoes, lima beans, barley, ulluco and onions. (AP Photo/Cris Toala Olivares)
In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, a fan holds a giant portrait of Japanese tennis player Taro Daniel during his Davis Cup tennis world group play off match with Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in Pereira, Colombia. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, a Mexican woman wounded in an attack by the Egyptian army while traveling in Egypt, is transferred from her return flight to a waiting helicopter at the presidential hangar of Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City. Eight other Mexicans died Sunday when Egyptian forces hunting militants mistakenly attacked their convoy in the western desert. Four other people died in the attack on the convoy, which was led by Egyptian guides. Their nationalities were not confirmed. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 photo, Christian Andreu of the French heavy metal band Gojira performs at the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
In this Sept. 11, 2015 photo, Marisa Ramirez Gutierrez, standing center, holds still on her symbolic throne dressed in the robe of the the "Iyawo," or bride, alongside a pregnant woman, right, who represents birth, and her mother, who represents a woman who has already given birth, inside her home as part of many initiation ceremonies marking the start of her one-year journey to become a Yoruba priestess in Havana, Cuba. Ramirez's other initiation rituals include a dip in a river that symbolizes rebirth, sitting for one day with a pregnant woman who represents birth, private rituals with Yoruba priests, a celebratory dinner party with family and friends, praying to the Virgin of Charity and leaving herbal offerings at a local market. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, Ayunci Ignacio de Leman is comforted by her son during the burial of her husband, Yatama community leader Mario Lemans, in Waspam, Nicaragua. Land conflicts between settlers and Miskitos on Nicaraguaâs Atlantic coast have left at least nine people dead this month and 20 wounded. The latest death was that of Lemans. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 photo, Wilson Morelo of Colombia's Independiente Santa Fe, right, battles for the ball with Sebastian Gorga of Uruguayâs Nacional, during a Copa Sudamericana soccer match in Bogota, Colombia. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
In this Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro waves as he escorts Pope Francis at the airport in Havana, Cuba. Pope Francis began his 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States, embarking on his first trip to the onetime Cold War foes after helping to nudge forward their historic rapprochement. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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In the week that was in Latin America, The Associated Press released a major multimedia project about Mexico's "other disappeared," and prepared for Pope Francis' visit to Cuba, which began Saturday and continues through Tuesday.
AP's project about the "other disappeared" was launched after 43 students went missing last year in the Mexican city of Iguala and other families came forward to tell their stories of also having their loved ones disappear.
Over a series of months, a team of AP staffers returned to the community numerous times to interview the relatives of 158 missing people whose cases became known after the students disappeared. Of those, only 84 agreed to be photographed because they remained scared of reprisals. The text stories, photographic portraits and videos were packaged together with an online interactive.
Elsewhere in the region, Chile was struck by a deadly 8.3-magnitue earthquake that caused flooding in dozens of coastal towns. In Nicaragua, land conflicts between settlers and Miskito Indians on the Atlantic coast left at least nine people dead and 20 wounded. Eight Mexicans touring Egypt were killed when their van came under fire by soldiers.
In Cuba, the island's religious syncretism was on display in the days before the pope's arrival. Recent religious processions honored both Christian versions of the Virgin Mary and African goddesses in a country where believers sometimes mix Catholic and Afro-Cuban traditions.
Cuban President Raul Castro greeted Francis when he arrived on Saturday in Havana, becoming the third Roman Catholic pontiff to visit the island. The pope celebrated Mass in the capital's Plaza of the Revolution on Sunday and also met with President Raul Castro and Cuba's former president, Fidel Castro.
This gallery was curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.