Castro and the pope—what a pair. Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba this week marks the first time the communist nation has been visited by the leader of the Catholic Church in 14 years. The pontiff’s first stop was in the city of Santiago de Cuba, hometown of leaders Raul and Fidel Castro and repository of an icon bearing the image of the Virgin of Charity, the island’s patron saint. Speaking in the city, the pope called for a “renewed and open” Cuban society. No word yet on the rumors that Fidel will convert to Catholicism during the visit.