Pope Probably Will Meet Fidel Castro in Cuba, Vatican Says

Pope Francis will probably meet former Cuban president Fidel Castro during his visit to the island later this month, the Vatican said.

“It is completely likely, to be expected, that there will be a meeting on the day” Francis is in Havana, Father Federico Lombardi, the pope’s spokesman, said at a news conference on Tuesday. Lombardi said a specific time for the meeting hasn’t been set yet.

Vatican officials have said previously that Castro’s meeting with Francis, who will visit Cuba Sept. 19 to Sept. 22, depends on the ailing Castro’s health. Castro, 89, who met both Francis’s predecessors, was replaced as president by his brother Raul after suffering a health crisis in 2006.

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