Cuban president Raul Castro (R) waves in front of Pope Francis after their private audience at the Vatican on May 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO/VINCENZO PINTO
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
The 83-year-old younger brother of Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel spoke with the pope for nearly an hour -- unusually long for a papal meeting -- during a visit the Vatican said was strictly private and not a state visit.Francis made an exception when Castro asked if he could stop in Rome on his way back from Moscow to thank Francis for the Vatican's mediation between the United States and Cuba, Cuban officials said.The pope's U.S. trip had been planned for some time before the Vatican announced last month that Francis would stop in Cuba on his way to Washington. Francis is expected to stay in Cuba at least two days, Vatican sources said.It will be the Argentine pope's first visit to both countries as pontiff.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE