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When Fidel "Interviewed" Benedict XVI
La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 3/28/12 | Giacomo Galeazzi

Posted on 03/29/2012 7:18:42 AM PDT by marshmallow

The historic meeting between Ratzinger and the father of the Cuban revolution: Castro showers the Pope with questions and even receives some reading tips: “How do you still manage to do your job?” “I am old but I manage” the Pope said

The much awaited and controversial face to face meeting between Benedict XVI and Fidel Castro (who was wearing a dark coat, his neck covered and supported by his wife and children) did take place in the end. These two contemporaries - one nearly 86 and the other about to reach the age of 85 in three weeks – are worlds apart in terms of their personal life stories. “Now that I no longer have the responsibilities that come with governing, I spend a lot of time reading and reflecting. How do you still manage to carry out your service?” the Commander asked Joseph Ratzinger point-blank. The Pope replied: “I am old but I still manage to carry out my duty.” A sharp answer which reduced all rumours about his resignation to nothing.

The meeting will do nothing to fuel pro-Castro propaganda and neither will it weaken the dissidents’ battle as the Financial Times feared. Before returning to Rome, Joseph Ratzinger received Fidel Castro in the Apostolic Nunciature in Havana, in a gesture of humility and dialogue, in the interests of the Cuban Catholic Church which has been persecuted for half a century. A sign of respect to oppressed Catholics not a tribute to a declining despot.

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1 posted on 03/29/2012 7:18:44 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
Fidel Castro should be asking how
do "I study for the finals"
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach

2 posted on 03/29/2012 7:35:01 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: marshmallow
I saw some of this on Catholic television and heard some of it on Catholic Radio. I thought it was interesting.

I gotta hand it to the Panzer Pope for going to Cuba.

3 posted on 03/29/2012 9:06:04 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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