Fidel and Joseph: Aging revolutionaries take a moment to “kick back” and “talk shop”.

“What does a pope do?” Castro asked Benedict, who is just one year his junior. The pontiff told him of his ministry, his foreign trips and his service to the Church, saying he was happy to be in Cuba and with the welcome he received.

Dressed in a dark Reebok track suit and wearing a scarf despite the searing heat outside, Castro told the pontiff he had watched his whole visit on television. Two of his children were also presented to the pope.

Castro handed the reins of power to his younger brother, President Raul Castro, four years ago and he has since largely retired from government but he still writes columns and meets with visiting leaders. He told the pontiff he was spending most of his time reading and reflecting on the state of the world.

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Editor’s note: Approximately 50 years ago, Fidel Castro led the bloody, Cuban revolution while Father Joseph Ratzinger did his part in the Catholic revolution, commonly known as Vatican II. Both have been intimately involved in “propping up” their respective works, ever since.