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Pope Prays for Repose of Soul of Fidel Castro

Pope Francis sent a telegram to Raul Castro, president of Cuba, upon the death of his brother Fidel. Fidel died Saturday night at age 90.

“On receiving the sad news of the death of your dear brother, His Excellency Mister Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, former president of the State Council and of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, I express my sentiments of sorrow to Your Excellency and other family members of the deceased dignitary, as well as to the people of this beloved nation. At the same time, I offer prayers to the Lord for his rest and I entrust the whole Cuban people to the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, patroness of that country.

Pope Francis visited Fidel during his trip to Cuba and the United States.

Zenit’s report of that day, Sept. 20, 2015, follows:


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