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A look back: John Paul II and Fidel Castro at the Vatican

It was 1996, and Fidel Castro was visiting Rome to attend a conference at Rome?s United Nations branch: The Food and Agriculture Organization. During that visit, both agreed to a meeting, which lasted about 30 minutes. ; Their conversation, ; reportedly strengthened the relationship and trust between both states. And, even though it was short, it paved the way for John Paul II?s visit, two years later. Now, under the rule of Raul Castro, it?s Benedict XVI who hopes to motivate and reaffirm the faith of Cuban Catholics. KLH RR JM BN