Pope meets Fidel Castro
29 March 2012, 08:06
Havana - Pope Benedict XVI met with Cuba's revolutionary icon Fidel Castro on Wednesday, the last day of a trip aimed at bolstering the Roman Catholic Church's relationship with the Communist government, a Vatican spokesperson said.
It was the two leaders' first meeting.
On Tuesday, Benedict, 84, met with Castro's brother, President Raul Castro. Raul assumed power in 2006 when Fidel stepped down after ruling the communist island for nearly five decades.
Fidel Castro met with the late Pope John Paul II on two occasions, in Cuba in 1998 and at the Vatican in 1996.