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Video: Pope Benedict and Fidel Castro Meet in Cuba

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Pope Benedict and Fidel Castro met in Cuba on Wednesday, and the former Cuban leader asked the pontiff, "What does a pope do?"

Benedict said his service to the church and foreign trips take up most of his time. The two octogenarians also joked about their ages during a half-hour meeting at the Vatican embassy in Havana.

Under Castro Cuba was officially an atheist nation, but he reinstated Christmas as a holiday prior to Pope John Paul II's visit in 1998. Benedict asked current leader Raul Castro during a meeting on Tuesday to consider making Good Friday a holiday as well.

Here is video of the pontiff's meeting with Fidel Castro: