Fidel Castro: What Does a Pope Do?

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.