Raul Castro Says Private Meeting With Pope Francis Has Inspired Him to Return to Catholic Faith
Cuban President Raul Castro has suggested that a meeting with Pope Francis has inspired him to "resume praying" and return to the Roman Catholic faith. "I will resume praying and turn to the Church again if the Pope continues in this vein," Castro said after a 50-minute private audience with Francis at the Vatican on Sunday.
He added: "The pontiff is a Jesuit, and I, in some way, am too. I studied at Jesuit schools."
Castro said that he has been following Francis' ministry closely and reading his speeches.
"As I've already told my council of advisers, I read all of the Pope's speeches," he added, according to CNN. "I promise that I will go to all of his Masses — and with satisfaction. I left the meeting this morning impressed, very impressed by his knowledge, his wisdom, modesty, and by all the virtues that we know he has."
Francis is due to visit Cuba in September, and will become the third pope to do so following the visits of John Paul II in 1998 and Benedict XVI in 2012.
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