“I will happily greet His Excellency Pope Benedict XVI as I did John Paul II, a man for whom contact with children and the humble raised feelings of affection,” Castro wrote.
“That’s why I decided to ask for a few minutes of his very busy time when I heard from the mouth of our foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, that he would be agreeable.”
The pontiff arrived in Cuba on Monday. Tuesday, he met with the Cuban head of state Raul Castro. Wednesday, the Pope would celebrate a mass in Havana, Revolution Square Jose Marty.