Vatican source: Pope wants to see Fidel Castro on Cuba trip

By REUTERS
February 18, 2012 22:46

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict wants to see Fidel Castro on his trip to Cuba next month but the meeting will depend on the health of the communist country's revolutionary leader, a senior Vatican official told Reuters on Saturday.

The official, speaking of the sidelines of a ceremony after the pope elevated new cardinals, said the status of the meeting was still pending.

"It will depend on his health," the prelate said.

At present, the pope is only scheduled to meet Fidel Castro's younger brother, Cuban President Raul Castro, 80, whose formal title is president of the Council of State and president of the Council of Ministers.


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