The Meeting Between the Pope of Rome and the Cuban Dictator – and the Strange Relationship Between Rome and Cuba for Decades
In September 2015, on his way to the United States for his momentous first visit, the pope of Rome, the Jesuit Francis I, visited the Communist island nation of Cuba. He was officially welcomed by President Raul Castro, who was put in power after his infamous brother, Fidel, became too ill to continue as president. In his opening speech, Francis mentioned the fact that his two predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, had both visited Cuba. For the third pope in a row to now do so, reveals that something momentous was afoot; indeed, that it had been afoot for many years.