On his surprise visit with Pope Francis Sunday, Cuban President Raul Castro said he was so impressed with the new Pontiff that he is considering a return to the Catholicism, despite remaining a communist.
"I said that if the pope continues to talk as he does, sooner or later I will start praying again and return to the Catholic Church, and I am not kidding,” said the Cuban leader. “I am a Communist. The Cuban Communist party did not allow it but it is being allowed now. It is a step forward."
Pope Francis has made a point of discussing poverty and inequality, going so far as to organize a congress concerning social justice at the Vatican with leaders from social justice movements from throughout the world.
Raul Castro made the visit to the Vatican for a private meeting between the two leaders during a stop-over after an official visit to Russia. The Cuban President requested the meeting in order to give his gratitude to the Pope for his role in brokering a thaw in diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.
The two leaders also exchanged gifts, with President Castro giving Pope Francis a painting by a Cuban artist that alludes to the perilous journey that many African migrants take to reach Europe. Meanwhile the Pope gave Raul Castro a medallion honoring the patron saint of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis' hometown.
This content was originally published on May 10 by teleSUR and can be accessed by clicking Here.