Castro says pope is so impressive he might start praying again

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May 11, 2015

Cuban President Raul Castro talks with Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican May 10. (CNS photo/Maria Grazia Picciarella, pool) See POPE-CASTRO (UPDATED) May 11, 2015.

Cuban President Raul Castro talks with Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican May 10. (CNS photo/Maria Grazia Picciarella, pool)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After spending close to an hour with Pope Francis, Cuban President Raul Castro told reporters he is so impressed by what the pope does and says that he might start praying and could even return to the church.

“I had a very agreeable meeting this morning with Pope Francis. He is a Jesuit, as you well know. I am, too, in a certain sense because I was always in Jesuit schools,” Castro told reporters May 10.

“When the pope comes to Cuba in September, I promise to go to all his Masses and will do so happily,” the president told reporters at a news conference he held later in the day with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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