March 29, 2012
Franco Ordonez and Dan Chang, The Miami Herald
HAVANA -- Just before bidding farewell to Cuba after a three-day visit, Pope Benedict XVI sat down Wednesday with Fidel Castro for a 30-minute private talk that was described as “animated” and “colloquial.”
“Fidel asked questions,” said Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman. “He’s not responsible for the leadership of the government. His life is more focused on reflection and study of writing.”
Castro, who was accompanied by his wife, Dalia, asked the pope why the Mass has changed since he was a child and what specifically a pope does. They discussed economic problems and the pope talked about the challenges of religion being marginalized in society....