The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, described the meeting between the Holy Father and the father of Cuba’s communist revolution as “animated” and “colloquial.” He said that the pope told Castro how much he enjoyed visiting the island, and that Castro responded that he’d been following the pope’s trip on television.
The two men also spoke about world’s problems, the environment, and cultural and religious difficulties.
Castro 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.
Castro brought up their similar ages.
Benedict responded: “I’m old, but I’m still able to do my duties.”
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