Cuba's atheist Castro brothers open doors to Church and popes




 
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Cuba's atheist Castro brothers open doors to Church and popes
 
September 7th, 2015  
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Topic: Cuba's atheist Castro brothers open doors to Church and popes


Cuba's atheist Castro brothers open doors to Church and popes
By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Baptized as Roman Catholics and educated by Jesuits, Fidel and Raul Castro turned against the Church by declaring Cuba an atheist state, chasing out priests and shutting down religious schools after seizing power in a 1959 revolution. In their old age, however, they have brought the Church in from the cold and are gracious and experienced hosts for regular papal visits. When Pope Francis lands in Cuba on Sept. 19, he will be the third pontiff in a row to visit the Communist-run island.




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