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    Fidel Castro: What Does a Pope Do?

    Cuban President Raul Castro (R) gestures next to Pope Benedict XVI as they arrive to a protocol hall at the Revolution Palace in Havana, on March 27, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI, on the second day of a historic visit to Cuba, headed to Havana where he is to celebrate mass and possibly meet with the island's most famous inhabitant -- former president Fidel Castro.      AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE-POOL (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Isn’t this the kind of thing one picks up after a lifetime of fighting organized religion and capitalism? When Fidel Castro met with Pope Benedict XVI in Havana yesterday, the Cuban revolutionary leader, now 85, asked the pope what it is he does exactly. The pontiff described some of his job responsibilities (aside from getting to wear a big hat) in what the Vatican spokesman called an “exchange of ideas.” There had been hopes that the pope would encourage Cuban leaders to reform, but that message seems to have been mostly missed over the three-day visit.

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