Pope Francis holds private meetings with both Fidel and Raul Castro during the pontiff's visit to the Caribbean island. Diane Hodges reports.
The historic visit to Cuba became even more memorable when Roman Catholic Pope Francis held a private meeting with Cuban revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro. The meeting came just hours after the pontiff warned Cubans to beware of the dangers of power and ideology during a mass delivered in Havana's Revolution Square. A Vatican spokesman called the meeting with the elderly Cuban leader and his wife, very relaxed and friendly. Latin America's first pope and Castro, the region's last surviving leftist icon of the 20th century, discussed religion and world affairs at the home of the 89-year-old retired president for about 40 minutes. Francis came bearing gifts - several of his official papal writings, two books on spirituality and a book and CD on the writings of a priest who taught Castro in Jesuit prep school more than 70 years ago. In turn, Fidel gave the holy father a copy of a book of interviews with a Brazilian priest. The 1985 publication lifted a taboo on speaking about religion in Cuba, which was then officially atheist.