Cuban President Raul Castro with Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican, 10 May
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Cuban President Raul Castro meets Pope Francis at Vatican

The Cuban President Raul Castro has met Pope Francis at the Vatican, where they exchanged gifts.

The Pope played a key role in helping to thaw relations between Cuba and the United States.

During their meeting, Francis gave Castro a medal depicting St. Martin of Tours, known for caring for the destitute.

In return, a Cuban artist, Kcho, part of the Castro entourage, presented the Pope with a painting of wrecked boats, and depicting a migrant in prayer.

Afterwards, President Castro said he was so impressed that he might return to the faith he was born into.

Mr Castro praised the pontiff's wisdom, adding: "I will resume praying and turn to the Church again if the Pope continues in this vein."

  • 10 May 2015
  • From the section World