Pope Benedict XVI departed Cuba on Wednesday afternoon, which ended his six-day visit of Latin America that also included Mexico.
Before leaving for Rome, the pontiff thanked the Cuban people for their hospitality, reiterated calls for greater religious freedom on the island and criticized the decades-long U.S. trade embargo.
After speaking in front of an estimated 300,000 in Havana's Revoultionary Square, the Pope held a private meeting with former Cuban president Fidel Castro:
Castro, who ceded the presidency to his brother Raul in 2006, reportedly asked many questions to the pontiff including "What does a Pope do?" He also allegedly expressed to Benedict his joy over the beatification of Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II, and requested that the pontiff send him books.
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