HAVANA — Pope Benedict XVI demanded more freedom for the Catholic
Church in communist-run Cuba and preached against "fanaticism" in an
unusually political sermon Wednesday before hundreds of thousands at
Revolution Plaza, with President Raul Castro in the front row.
Before the pope's departure, he met with the
president's brother, revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Castro grilled
the pontiff on changes in church liturgy and his role as spiritual
leader of the world's Catholics, a Vatican spokesman said.
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