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Pope meets Castros after mass on iconic Havana square

Photo released by Cuban website Cubadebate.cu of Cuban former president Fidel Castro (R) shaking hands with Pope Francis in Havana on September 20, 2015Pope Francis met Sunday with Fidel and Raul Castro, the brothers who have ruled Cuba since its 1959 revolution, after celebrating an outdoor mass attended by hundreds of thousands. In what is sure to become an emblematic moment of Francis’s tour of Cuba and the United States — the Cold War enemies whose reconciliation he helped to bring about — the pope chatted with former leader Fidel Castro at his home in Havana, then held a closed-door meeting with current president Raul at the government’s headquarters. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the pope had a “very informal and friendly” conversation with 89-year-old Fidel that touched on various topics, including the environment.

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