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Francis and Fidel. A historic meeting to talk about the environment
The meeting between two leaders doesn’t always make the headlines. But it is the case of the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Fidel Castro at Havana. The pictures of the meeting.
Pope Francis and Fidel Castro together, to talk about climate and environment. An historic meeting, almost surreal, emerged from the first official visit of the Argentinean Pope in the Caribbean and communist country, from 19 to 22 September. An exchange of opinions (and presents) that lasted 30 minutes, at the residence of Castro in the capital Havana, in the only presence of his revolutionary son, Alex, who took the picture of the handshake that already became viral.
The environmental issue bonds the two leaders, and it is the key point of Francis’ papacy, in view of the climate change conference, to be held in Paris in December. It’s not difficult to imagine that among the gifts there’s a copy of the Laudato Si’ Encyclical. Pope Francis also congratulated on the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States – where he will next go before being back to the Vatican – defining it “an example of reconciliation for the entire world”.
The Pope’s arrival was earlier welcomed by the President of Cuba and brother of Fidel, Raúl Castro. The visit followed with the celebration of a touching Mass in Revolution Plaza, Havana.
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Francis is the third Pope to visit Cuba, after his predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II.
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