March 27th, 2012
12:59 PM ET

Pope's Havana visit raises questions of whom he'll meet

Wrapping up his visit to Santiago de Cuba and bound for Havana, Pope Benedict XVI has sparked widespread speculation that he will meet with the island's former President Fidel Castro.

Church officials say Benedict is scheduled to meet again with President Raul Castro, along with his family. The meeting could include Raul Castro's famous older brother, who stepped down from power in 2006 after battling illness, though it is not clear if that will occur.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also arrived on the island over the weekend, reported by Cuban state television to be in Cuba for radiation treatment for cancer.

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  1. saywhat

    What questions?
    He meets Fidel. Doesn't meet him. End of story.

    March 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT (( 1/2 5th level magic-using kender ,1/4 illusionist ,1/4 warrior ))

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has cancer cause my dad said we put nuclear poinson stuff in his drinking water..

    March 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    Jesus met with the sinners, so the Pope should meet with these guys.

    March 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Charvez promised him 72 virgin BOYS

    March 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. IndyGent

    Who's Charvez?

    March 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Well, jeez.
    Cuba being a Catholic nation,it's likely he'll meet said leaders of said nation...

    March 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @banasy: i heard on the news yesterday that cuba was primarily an atheist nation. they have churches, but they are largely empty on sunday morn.. godless commies and all that..

      March 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    The pope is a cult leader. Lock him up

    March 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Black Ratt

    Why do the all the popes look like a grand wizard?

    March 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. High Hopes


    Maybe that's why we're called the "Witches of the West"?

    March 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greek American

    Cubans are mostly Catholic, but they aren't really allowed to openly practice this religion in the country. Its mostly because they fear the Commie government. Therefore, "official" numbers mistakenly support the idea that they are majority atheist.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @greek american: i could buy that

      March 28, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |