Priest recalls young Castro in Cuba

April 30, 2006

Miami Herald- Brian Latell

here is probably no one alive today who knew the young Fidel Castro better than Father Amando Llorente, his Jesuit confidant during the mid-1940s. Llorente, whom I first interviewed in Miami in 1986, shared penetrating insights with me about the teenage Castro he remembered vividly. Recently, we met again.

Llorente is now a vigorous 87-year-old, as keen and articulate as I remembered him. He wore a black beret as he greeted me and a mutual friend in the courtyard of the retreat house where he lives.

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