The pope called for greater freedom for the Catholic Church in Cuba, while he spoke on Wednesday in Revolution Square in Havana. In an unusually political speech given in the shadow of a statue of Che Guevara, Pope Benedict XVI denounced “fanaticism” that tries to impose its truth onto others. Benedict was expected to meet Fidel Castro after his speech. The 600,000-person square was filled to capacity, but many said they had come because they were required to by an employer and some left before the pope even began speaking.
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